Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Goal-Directed Generation of Intelligibility Test Vocabularies in the Framework of Names Synthesis

Karim Belhoula

Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Elektrotechnik und Akustik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany

In this paper a method for the generation of test vocabularies is introduced, basically aimed for the assessment of the intelligibility of speech output systems. The approach is to generate application-oriented vocabularies which mirror the characteristics of the vocabulary typical of the application field. Mostly mono-and poly-syllabic nonwords are generated that follow the phonemotactic and morphotactic rules of the target language, here of the German language. Statistic data that have an impact on the assessment procedure - and thus on the test results - are taken into account. In the context of this paper the generation procedure of a test vocabulary which is typical of an address-optimized synthesis system is given.

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Bibliographic reference.  Belhoula, Karim (1995): "Goal-directed generation of intelligibility test vocabularies in the framework of names synthesis", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 1449-1452.