Second European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Genova, Italy
September 24-26, 1991


'SOAP' - A Speech Output Assessment Package for Controlled Multilingual Evaluation of Synthetic Speech

P. A. Howard-Jones

Dept. Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, London, UK

The ESPRIT project SAM (Speech Assessment Methods) is primarily concerned with establishing and using, within the European Community, standards for multilingual speech input/output assessment and methodology. Most test procedures for assessing speech synthesis, whether in terms of intelligibility, naturalness, prosodic quality, etc. , are based upon presenting a set of examples to a human subject and eliciting an appropriate response which needs to be recorded, interpreted and scored. As part of the SAM project, a system has been designed to implement and control the procedure with maximum flexibility with regard to methodology. SOAP, which has been developed for a PC workstation, was initially designed for segmental testing, but its versatility allows other test methodologies, and other tests, to be automatically controlled. Keywords: Assessment, synthesis, multilingual.

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Bibliographic reference.  Howard-Jones, P. A. (1991): "'SOAP' - a speech output assessment package for controlled multilingual evaluation of synthetic speech", In EUROSPEECH-1991, 281-284.