Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

A Novel Segment-Concatenation Algorithm for a Cepstrum-Based Synthesizer

Yoshinori Shiga, Yoshiyuki Hara, Tsuneo Nitta

Multimedia Engineering Laboratory, TOSHIBA Corporation, Kawasaki, Japan

We propose a segment-concatenation algorithm which reduce perceived distortion caused by segment concatenation for a segment-based speech synthesizer. This algorithm concatenates six types of phonetic segments along the transient part of speech rather than the steady part, where humans have a keen sense of spectral distortion. This concatenation method enables a segment-based synthesizer to produce a smooth sound with comparatively small required storage space for the segments. We apply the algorithm to a rule-based, cepstrum-based speech synthesizer for English words. We evaluate the intelligibility of the synthetic speech through the Modified Rhyme Test (MRT)[1]. The result proved that the speech has a high intelligibility ratio of 90 percent.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shiga, Yoshinori / Hara, Yoshiyuki / Nitta, Tsuneo (1994): "A novel segment-concatenation algorithm for a cepstrum-based synthesizer", In ICSLP-1994, 1783-1786.