Fifth ISCA ITRW on Speech Synthesis
June 14-16, 2004
A general data-driven procedure for creating new prosodic modules for the Italian FESTIVAL Text-To-Speech (TTS)  synthesizer is described. These modules are based on the "Classification and Regression Trees" (CART) theory. The prosodic factors taken into consideration are: duration, pitch and loudness. Loudness control has been implemented as an extension to the MBROLA diphone concatenative synthesizer. The prosodic models were trained using two speech corpora with different speaking style, and the effectiveness of the CART-based prosody was assessed with a set of evaluation tests.
Bibliographic reference. Tesser, Fabio / Cosi, Piero / Drioli, Carlo / Tisato, Graziano (2004): "Prosodic data driven modelling of a narrative style in Festival TTS", In SSW5-2004, 185-190.