Building an English speech synthesis system from a Japanese ALS patient's voice

Akemi Iida, Jun Ito, Shimpei Kajima, Tsutomu Sugawara

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Abstract

This paper reports on the development of an English speech synthesis system for a Japanese amyotropic lateral sclerosis patient as part of the project of developing a bilingual communication aid for this patient. The patient had a tracheotomy three years ago and anticipates the possibility of losing his phonatory function. His English speech database for Festival, a free speech synthesis system, was generated from his reading of a US diphone list. There were two problems with the recording. The first was the noise that the artificial ventilator made and the second was his difficulty in pronouncing English. Although the speaker's English database was successfully built by Festvox and the voice was recognized as his voice, the utterance was unintelligible. We therefore proposed reconstructing the patient's database by partially combining it with an English native speaker's database. Results showed that the proposed approach can be promising for those facing this problem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Pages1994-1997
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781604234497
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
EventINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: 2006 Sep 172006 Sep 21

Publication series

NameINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP
Volume4

Other

OtherINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period06/9/1706/9/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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