An Acoustically Oriented Vocal-Tract Model

Hani C. YEHIA  Kazuya TAKEDA  Fumitada ITAKURA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E79-D   No.8   pp.1198-1208
Publication Date: 1996/08/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Speech Processing and Acoustics
vocal-tract log-area function,  formant frequencies,  factor analysis,  independent component analysis,  singular value decomposition,  articulatory-to-acoustic inverse problem,  

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The objective of this paper is to find a parametric representation for the vocal-tract log-area function that is directly and simply related to basic acoustic characteristics of the human vocal-tract. The importance of this representation is associated with the solution of the articulatory-to-acoustic inverse problem, where a simple mapping from the articulatory space onto the acoustic space can be very useful. The method is as follows: Firstly, given a corpus of log-area functions, a parametric model is derived following a factor analysis technique. After that, the articulatory space, defined by the parametric model, is filled with approximately uniformly distributed points, and the corresponding first three formant frequencies are calculated. These formants define an acoustic space onto which the articulatory space maps. In the next step, an independent component analysis technique is used to determine acoustic and articulatory coordinate systems whose components are as independent as possible. Finally, using singular value decomposition, acoustic and articulatory coordinate systems are rotated so that each of the first three components of the articulatory space has major influence on one, and only one, component of the acoustic space. An example showing how the proposed model can be applied to the solution of the articulatory-to-acoustic inverse problem is given at the end of the paper.