8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

Using Eye Movements for Online Evaluation of Speech Synthesis

Charlotte van Hooijdonk, Edwin Commandeur, Reinier Cozijn, Emiel Krahmer, Erwin Marsi

Tilburg University, The Netherlands

This paper describes an eye tracking experiment to study the processing of diphone synthesis, unit selection synthesis, and human speech taking segmental and suprasegmental speech quality into account. The results showed that both factors influenced the processing of human and synthetic speech, and confirmed that eye tracking is a promising albeit time consuming research method to evaluate synthetic speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hooijdonk, Charlotte van / Commandeur, Edwin / Cozijn, Reinier / Krahmer, Emiel / Marsi, Erwin (2007): "Using eye movements for online evaluation of speech synthesis", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 1346-1349.