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Research into the acoustic correlates of emotional speech as part of the SALERO project has led to the construction of high quality emotional speech corpora, which contain both IMDI metadata and acoustic analysis data for each asset. Research into semi-automated, re-usable character animation has considered the development of online workflows based on speech corpus assets that would provide a single point of origin for character animation in media production. In this paper, a brief description of the corpus design and construction is given. Further, a prototype workflow for semi-automated emotional character animation is also provided, alongside a description of current and future work.
Cullen, C., Vaughan, B. & Kousidis, S. (2008) Emotional Speech Corpora for Analysis and Media Production. SAMT, 3rd International Conference on Semantic and Digital Media Technologies,Koblenz, Germany, 3-5 December.