ISCA Archive Eurospeech 2001
ISCA Archive Eurospeech 2001

Cantonese text-to-speech synthesis using sub-syllable units

K. M. Law, Tan Lee, Wai Lau

This paper describes our recent investigation on the use of both intra-syllable and cross-syllable acoustic units for Cantonese text-to-speech synthesis. In our previous work, isolated monosyllable units were used for concatenative speech synthesis of Cantonese. The synthetic speech was considered to be unnatural in such a way that there was an obvious lack of perceptual continuity. The proposed system adopts an acoustic inventory that covers all legitimate intra-syllable and cross-syllable acoustic units. Synthetic speech produced via concatenation of such sub-syllable units better captures the pertinent transitory effects that are crucial to perceived naturalness. Different strategies are used to concatenate speech segments with different acoustic-phonetic properties. Subjective listening test shows a noticeable performance improvement that is accounted for mainly by smoother transition between sonorant segments.

doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.2001-263

Cite as: Law, K.M., Lee, T., Lau, W. (2001) Cantonese text-to-speech synthesis using sub-syllable units. Proc. 7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 2001), 991-994, doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.2001-263

  author={K. M. Law and Tan Lee and Wai Lau},
  title={{Cantonese text-to-speech synthesis using sub-syllable units}},
  booktitle={Proc. 7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 2001)},