11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Paraphrase Generation to Improve Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Ghislain Putois, Jonathan Chevelu, Cédric Boidin

Orange Labs, France

Text-to-speech synthesiser systems are of overall good quality, especially when adapted to a specific task. Given this task and an adapted voice corpus, the message quality is mainly dependent on the wording used. This paper presents how a paraphrase generator can be used in synergy with a text-to-speech synthesis system to improve its overall performances. Our system is composed of a paraphrase generator using a French-to-French corpus learnt on a bilingual aligned corpus, a tts selector based on the unit selection cost, and a tts synthesiser. We present an evaluation of the system, which highlights the need for systematic subjective evaluation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Putois, Ghislain / Chevelu, Jonathan / Boidin, Cédric (2010): "Paraphrase generation to improve text-to-speech synthesis", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 198-201.