ESCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on
Speech Input/Output Assessment and Speech Databases

Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
September 20-23, 1989

Evaluation of an Automatic Text-To-Speech Conversion System for Spanish

R. P. M. W. van Gerwen (1), Wilhelm H. Vieregge (1), M. P. A. M. Kerkhof (2)

(1) Department of Language and Speech, Phonetics section, Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
(2) Department of Spanish, Catholic University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

This contribution gives an overview of the performance evaluation of our text-to-speech conversion system for Spanish. This rule-based system comprises both a linguistic and a phonetic component. The performance test involved the linguistic output as well as the phonetic output. The linguistic output (which shows the workings of rules concerning grapheme-to-phoneme conversion, assimilation, word stress, syllabification, and intonation) was checked on the basis of a small text corpus. The phonetic output, i.e. the synthesized speech, was tested with respect to intelligibility and naturalness, using both an expert and naive listeners.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gerwen, R. P. M. W. van / Vieregge, Wilhelm H. / Kerkhof, M. P. A. M. (1989): "Evaluation of an automatic text-to-speech conversion system for Spanish", In SIOA-1989, Vol.2, 107-110.