Fifth ISCA ITRW on Speech Synthesis

June 14-16, 2004
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Voice Creation for Conversational Fairy-Tale Characters

Joakim Gustafson (1), Kåre Sjölander (2)

(1) Voice Technologies, Expert Functions, TeliaSonera, Farsta, Sweden
(2) Centre for Speech Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

The NICE fairy-tale game system allows users to interact with conversational fairy-tale characters in a 3D world environment. Apart from engaging in conversation, the characters are able to perform physical actions in this simulated world. The goal is to create believable fairytale characters with distinct personalities. The personality of the characters will be conveyed by their appearance, their voices, how they express themselves and what they are doing. This paper describes the requirements a fairy-tale game domain poses on a spoken output generation system. The implementation of a unit selection synthesizer that meets these requirements is also described.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gustafson, Joakim / Sjölander, Kåre (2004): "Voice creation for conversational fairy-tale characters", In SSW5-2004, 145-150.