Corpus Design, Recording and Phonetic Analysis of Greek Emotional Database


Nikos Fakotakis

Wire Communications Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras, 26500 Rion, Patras, Greece




A Greek Emotional Speech Database has been recorded and analyzed. The scope of this work is to study through this database the prosodical phenomena as a function of each emotional state and the application to a text to speech synthesis system. Our database contains recordings of a female professional actress. We used an actress for this task because in order to faithfully simulate a number of emotions. The simulated emotions for our database were sadness, anger, fear, joy and a neutral session. The recordings consisted of ten single words, twenty short sentences, twenty five long sentences and twelve passages of fluent speech (ranging from three to five sentences each). Following the recordings, a listening test was performed to test whether normal listeners could identify the type of emotion that characterized the recorded utterances. Six qualified listeners were used, both men and women, of different ages, from several social environments.


Emotional Speech, Speech Synthesis, Prosody, Fundamental Frequency, Pitch Contour, Declination Phenomenon, Duration, Speech Intensity

Language(s) Greek
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