Sixth ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis

Bonn, Germany
August 22-24, 2007

The Online Evaluation of Speech Synthesis using Eye Movements

Charlotte van Hooijdonk, Edwin Commandeur, Reinier Cozijn, Emiel Krahmer, Erwin Marsi

Department of Communication & Information Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

This paper describes an eye tracking experiment to study the processing of diphone synthesis, unit selection synthesis, and human speech taking segmental and suprasegmental speech quality into account. The results showed that both factors influenced the processing of human and synthetic speech, and confirmed that eye tracking is a promising albeit time consuming research method to evaluate synthetic speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hooijdonk, Charlotte van / Commandeur, Edwin / Cozijn, Reinier / Krahmer, Emiel / Marsi, Erwin (2007): "The online evaluation of speech synthesis using eye movements", In SSW6-2007, 385-390.