The Seventh ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Speech Synthesis
The objective of this paper is to investigate whether prosodic phrase breaks are specific to a speaker, and if so, propose a mechanism of learning speaker-specific phrase breaks from the speech database. Another equally important aspect dealt in this work is to demonstrate the usefulness of these speaker-specific phrase breaks for a text-to-speech system. Experiments are carried out on two different English voices as well as on a Telugu voice, and it is shown that speaker-specific phrase breaks improves duration as well as spectral quality of synthetic speech.
Index Terms: speech synthesis, speaker-specific phrase breaks, semi-supervised learning
Bibliographic reference. Prahallad, Kishore / Raghavendra, E. Veera / Black, Alan W. (2010): "Learning speaker-specific phrase breaks for text-to-speech systems", In SSW7-2010, 162-166.