Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Diagnostic Perceptual Experiments for Text-To-Speech System Evaluation

Jan P. H. van Santen

Linguistics Research Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

Perceptual methods are described for detecting problems in components of text-to-speech systems. One feature of our approach is the central role played by text-based computational procedures. Their primary use here is in the form of automatic methods for generating text materials with maximal coverage of the domain of a text-to-speech system. Other uses include a system for automatic phonemic scoring of orthographic responses in transcription tasks. A second important feature of our approach is usage of multiple perceptual paradigms. This is needed both to capture the inherent perceptual multidimensionality of synthetic speech and to handle the multiplicity of problems caused by different system components.

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Bibliographic reference.  Santen, Jan P. H. van (1992): "Diagnostic perceptual experiments for text-to-speech system evaluation", In ICSLP-1992, 555-558.