A database design for a concatenative speech synthesis system for the disabled

Akemi Iida, Nick Campbell

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Abstract

This paper reports on our research on designing a speech corpora in Japanese for a concatenative speech synthesis system that is to be used for a specific purpose. For this work, the purpose was set to assist communication for non-vocal people. Four kinds of source database for synthesis were developed by combining different speech corpora created from read speech of an Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patient who was anticipating the imminent loss of his voice. This work confirmed that the recording of a minimum set of phonetically balanced sentences (129 sentences) was insufficient for concatenative speech synthesis and that a combination of these and a recording of well-read continuous-text material produced more natural sounding synthesized speech. A communication aid was developed using a concatenated speech synthesis with the database created in this work.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event4th ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Speech Synthesis, SSW 2001 - Perthshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 2001 Aug 292001 Sep 1

Conference

Conference4th ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Speech Synthesis, SSW 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityPerthshire
Period01/8/2901/9/1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cultural Studies

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