Sixth ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis

Bonn, Germany
August 22-24, 2007

Understandable Production of Massive Synthesis

Brian Langner, Alan W. Black

Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

This paper explores massive synthesis, or synthesis of sufficiently large amounts of content such that its evaluation is challenging. We discuss various applications where massive synthesis may apply, and their related issues. We also outline factors related to those applications that affect the perceived quality and intelligibility of the speech output, and discuss modifications of those factors that can improve the understandability of the resulting synthetic speech. There is a discussion of the challenges of evaluating this work, and of the different possible metrics that may be appropriate. Finally, we show in a simple evaluation that our modifications improve the perceived quality of the synthesis.

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Bibliographic reference.  Langner, Brian / Black, Alan W. (2007): "Understandable production of massive synthesis", In SSW6-2007, 380-384.