ISCA & IEEE Workshop on Spontaneous Speech Processing and Recognition

April 13-16, 2003
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Using a Non-Spontaneous Speech Synthesiser as a Driver for a Spontaneous Speech Synthesiser

Nick Campbell, Parham Mokhiari

JST/CRFST Expressive Speech processing Project, ATR Human Information Science Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan

This paper describes a method by which the synthesis of spontaneous-sounding speech can be generated using a current speech synthesizer as a driver for unit selection from a spontaneous speech database. The driver is used to generate acoustic targets, which are then used for pre-selection of synthesis units, with the final candidates selected according to further acoustic constraints to ensure the selection of units having appropriate voice and speaking style characteristics.

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Bibliographic reference.  Campbell, Nick / Mokhiari, Parham (2003): "Using a non-spontaneous speech synthesiser as a driver for a spontaneous speech synthesiser", in SSPR-2003, paper TAP19.