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

Akemi Iida, Jun Ito, Shimpei Kajima, Tsutomu Sugawara

研究成果: Conference contribution

抄録

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.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトルINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP
出版社International Speech Communication Association
ページ1994-1997
ページ数4
ISBN(印刷版)9781604234497
出版ステータスPublished - 2006 1 1
外部発表はい
イベントINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
継続期間: 2006 9 172006 9 21

出版物シリーズ

名前INTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP
4

Other

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • コンピュータ サイエンス(全般)

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