12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Prominence-Based Prosody Prediction for Unit Selection Speech Synthesis

Andreas Windmann (1), Igor Jauk (1), Fabio Tamburini (2), Petra Wagner (1)

(1) Universität Bielefeld, Germany
(2) Università di Bologna, Italy

This paper describes the development and evaluation of a prosody prediction module for unit selection speech synthesis that is based on the notion of perceptual prominence. We outline the design principles of the module and describe its implementation in the Bonn Open Synthesis System (BOSS). Moreover, we report results of perception experiments that have been conducted in order to evaluate prominence prediction. The paper is concluded by a general discussion of the approach and a sketch of perspectives for further work.

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Bibliographic reference.  Windmann, Andreas / Jauk, Igor / Tamburini, Fabio / Wagner, Petra (2011): "Prominence-based prosody prediction for unit selection speech synthesis", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 325-328.