Work in Progress
 
The following are three lists of my projects in progress.  The first two lists comprise projects that are at the core of my interests -- Finnish speech melody and Finnish speech synthesis. The third represents projects that I consider supportive for other branches of science.
 
  1. The phonetics and phonology of Finnish intonation. Comprises several sub-projects with different constellations of researchers. The following is a list of projects with the main collaborators and their affiliations. Funding for these projects comes from the Academy of Finland (grant number 107606).

  2. Perception of tone and quantity: the lexical and phonological status of phonetic tone in Finnish; Dr. Juhani Järvikivi, University of Turku. Also funded by the Academy of Finland by a grant to Juhani Järvikivi.

  3. The phonetics of tone and quantity in Finnish and their interaction with segmental and syllabic structure. Dr. Yi Xu, University College London.

  4. Finnish intonation in a cross-linguistic setting. Prof. Daniel Hirst, Université de Provence Aix-en-Provence.
 
The following list consists of projects in speech synthesis. Funding for project these projects comes from the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) granted for a project I planned on Concept-To-Speech synthesis where the main focus has been prosody modeling based on larger chunks of text or utterances including information and discourse structure.
 
  1. Speaker and emotion adaptation of Hidden-Markov-model based speech synthesis, Dr. Mikko Kurimo, Helsinki University of Technology.

  2. Speech synthesis evaluation methods based on speech reception thresholds and hearing in noise tests. Prof. Unto Laine, Acoustics Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology.

Other collaborations including projects concerning speech perception which are currently under way with the psychology departments at the University of Helsinki and the University of Turku.
 
  1. Speech sound duration processing and its functional relevance of sound duration in the native language. Dr. Mari Tervaniemi and Sari Ylinen, Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU), University of Helsinki.

  2. Acquisition of prosody by infants. Sari Ylinen, CBRU.

  3. Relative Salience of Segmentation Points in Morphologically Complex Words, Juhani Järvikivi, prof. Bruce Derwing, University of Alberta, Canada.