16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Dresden, Germany
September 6-10, 2015

HMM Based Myanmar Text to Speech System

Ye Kyaw Thu (1), Win Pa Pa (2), Jinfu Ni (1), Yoshinori Shiga (1), Andrew Finch (1), Chiori Hori (1), Hisashi Kawai (1), Eiichiro Sumita (1)

(1) NICT, Japan
(2) UCSY, Myanmar

This paper presents a complete statistical speech synthesizer for Myanmar which includes a syllable segmenter, text normalizer, grapheme-to-phoneme convertor, and an HMM-based speech synthesis engine. We believe this is the first such system for the Myanmar language. We performed a thorough human evaluation of the synthesizer relative to human and re-synthesized baselines. Our results show that our system is able to synthesize speech at a quality comparable with similar state-of-the-art synthesizers for other languages.

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Bibliographic reference.  Thu, Ye Kyaw / Pa, Win Pa / Ni, Jinfu / Shiga, Yoshinori / Finch, Andrew / Hori, Chiori / Kawai, Hisashi / Sumita, Eiichiro (2015): "HMM based myanmar text to speech system", In INTERSPEECH-2015, 2237-2241.