ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Paralinguistic elements in speech synthesis

Didier Cadic, Lionel Segalen

Corpus based text-to-speech systems currently produce very natural synthetic sentences, though limited to a neutral inexpressive speaking style. Paralinguistic elements are some of the expressive features one would most like to introduce. In this paper, we describe a new method for introducing laughter and hesitation in synthetic speech. Thanks to a small dedicated acoustic database, this method can successfully render transitions between speech and paralinguistic elements. We validate it here for French but extension to other languages should be straightforward.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-184

Cite as: Cadic, D., Segalen, L. (2008) Paralinguistic elements in speech synthesis. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 1861-1864, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-184

  author={Didier Cadic and Lionel Segalen},
  title={{Paralinguistic elements in speech synthesis}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},