7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

September 16-20, 2002
Denver, Colorado, USA

Speech Synthesis, Speech Simulation and Speech Science

Mark Huckvale

University College London, U.K.

Speech synthesis research has been transformed in recent years through the exploitation of speech corpora - both for statistical modelling and as a source of signals for concatenative synthesis. This revolution in methodology and the new techniques it brings calls into question the received wisdom that better computer voice output will come from a better understanding of how humans produce speech. This paper discusses the relationship between this new technology of simulated speech and the traditional aims of speech science. The paper suggests that the goal of speech simulation frees engineers from inadequate linguistic and physiological descriptions of speech. But at the same time, it leaves speech scientists free to return to their proper goal of building a computational model of human speech production.


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Bibliographic reference.  Huckvale, Mark (2002): "Speech synthesis, speech simulation and speech science", In ICSLP-2002, 1261-1264.