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

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Text-To-Speech Conversion for Dutch: Comprehensibility and Acceptability

Willy Jongenburger (1), Renee van Bezooijen (2)

(1) Institute of Language and Speech, Phonetics Section, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
(2) Institute of General Linguistics and Dialectology, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

In the majority of studies to date, evaluation of synthetic speech has been focussed on segmental intelligibility. However, as the development of text-to-speech systems progresses and real-life applications are getting more common, the need for evaluation at higher levels of linguistic organization becomes increasingly relevant. In the present paper two studies are reported evaluating text-to-speech conversion for Dutch at the level of the paragraph. The first study determined comprehensibility for visually impaired and sighted subjects. The second study examined acceptability of voice-and-speech aspects of synthetic output as a function of experience.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jongenburger, Willy / Bezooijen, Renee van (1992): "Text-to-speech conversion for dutch: comprehensibility and acceptability", In ICSLP-1992, 1135-1138.