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The Zurich Corpus of Vowel and Voice Quality, Version 1.0


Maurer, Dieter; d'Heureuse, Christian; Suter, Heidy; Dellwo, Volker; Friedrichs, Daniel; Kathiresan, Thayabaran (2018). The Zurich Corpus of Vowel and Voice Quality, Version 1.0. In: Interspeech, Hyderabad, India, 2 September 2018 - 6 September 2018, 1417-1421.

Abstract

Existing databases of isolated vowel sounds or vowel sounds embedded in consonantal context generally document only limited variation of basic production parameters. Thus, concerning the possible variation range of vowel and voice quality-related sound characteristics, there is a lack of broad phenomenological and descriptive references that allow for a comprehensive understanding of vowel acoustics and for an evaluation of the extent to which corresponding existing approaches and models can be generalised. In order to contribute to the building up of such references, a novel database of vowel sounds that exceeds any existing collection by size and diversity of vocalic characteristicsis presented here, comprised of c. 34600 utterances of 70 speakers (46 nonprofessional speakers, children, women and men, and 24 professional actors/actresses and singers of straight theatre, contemporary singing, and European classical singing). The database focuses on sounds of the long Standard German vowels /i–y–e–ø–ɛ–a–o–u/ produced with varying basic production parameters such as phonation type, vocal effort, fundamental frequency, vowel context and speaking or singing style. In addition, a read text and, for professionals, songs are also included. The database is accessible for scientific use, and further extensions are in progress.

Abstract

Existing databases of isolated vowel sounds or vowel sounds embedded in consonantal context generally document only limited variation of basic production parameters. Thus, concerning the possible variation range of vowel and voice quality-related sound characteristics, there is a lack of broad phenomenological and descriptive references that allow for a comprehensive understanding of vowel acoustics and for an evaluation of the extent to which corresponding existing approaches and models can be generalised. In order to contribute to the building up of such references, a novel database of vowel sounds that exceeds any existing collection by size and diversity of vocalic characteristicsis presented here, comprised of c. 34600 utterances of 70 speakers (46 nonprofessional speakers, children, women and men, and 24 professional actors/actresses and singers of straight theatre, contemporary singing, and European classical singing). The database focuses on sounds of the long Standard German vowels /i–y–e–ø–ɛ–a–o–u/ produced with varying basic production parameters such as phonation type, vocal effort, fundamental frequency, vowel context and speaking or singing style. In addition, a read text and, for professionals, songs are also included. The database is accessible for scientific use, and further extensions are in progress.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
06 Faculty of Arts > Center for Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:6 September 2018
Deposited On:02 Oct 2018 13:24
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:48
Publisher:International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1542
Official URL:https://www.isca-speech.org/archive/Interspeech_2018
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100016_159350
  • : Project TitleAcoustic Characteristics of Voice in Music and Straight Theatre, and Related Aspects of Production and Perception

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