First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

Multilingual Synthesiser Assessment Using Semantically Unpredictable Sentences

Christian Benoît (1), A. van Erp (2), Martine Grice (3), Valerie Hazan (3), Ute Jekosch (4)

(1) Institut de la Communication Parlee, Grenoble, France
(2) PTT Dr Neher Laboratories, Leidschendam, The Netherlands
(3) Dept of Phonetics and Linguistics, UCL, London, Great-Britain
(4) Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Lehrstuhl fur allg. Elektrotechnik und Akustik, Bochum, West Germany

The use of semantically unpredictable sentences was investigated as part of a standard test battery for the evaluation of synthetic speech within the ESPRIT SAM project. Such sentences were randomly generated using five syntactic structures and word lists for each syntactic category. Initial results of experiments run in English, French and German are presented.

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Bibliographic reference.  Benoît, Christian / Erp, A. van / Grice, Martine / Hazan, Valerie / Jekosch, Ute (1989): "Multilingual synthesiser assessment using semantically unpredictable sentences", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 2633-2636.