Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Limitations to Concatenative Speech Synthesis

Nick Campbell

ATR Spoken Langguage Translation Research Labs., Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto, Japan

This paper discusses techniques for determining the linguistic needs for open-domain synthesis by concatenative methods, and reports on the design and evaluation of a tool for collecting and balancing a speech corpus automatically, in order to ensure optimal coverage of the sounds required for synthesis within a given task-domain. Synthetically-generated utterances are used to prompt speakers, and in-line acoustic analysis determines the prosodic as well as phonemic balance of the resulting speech during recording, re-prompting the speaker with textually modified versions if necessary, to elicit the desired articulation sequences. The closed-loop process, which incorporates human self-correction and evaluation, allows for more ecient collection of a balanced corpus for concatenative speech synthesis.


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Bibliographic reference.  Campbell, Nick (2000): "Limitations to concatenative speech synthesis", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 416-419.