ISCA Archive SCST 1990
ISCA Archive SCST 1990

Timing invariance in read speech

W. Nick Campbell

An experiment is reported that studies the inter-speaker and intra-speaker variability of timing in speech. Twelve speakers were instructed to read a short passage from a popular magazine twice each; once at a slower reading speed and once at a faster rate of articulation. Comparisons of the durational characteristics of the readings were performed at the syllable level.

One more 'reading' was included in a second stage of the experiment, to compare the output from a computer text-to-speech system with that of the human performers. Timings are compared and show that the durations predicted by the computer-speech system fall within the variance observed in the performance of the human readers.

Cite as: Campbell, W.N. (1990) Timing invariance in read speech. Proc. ESCA Workshop on Speaker Characterization in Speech Technology, 78-82

  author={W. Nick Campbell},
  title={{Timing invariance in read speech}},
  booktitle={Proc. ESCA Workshop on Speaker Characterization in Speech Technology},