EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Cantonese Text-To-Speech Synthesis Using Sub-Syllable Units

K. M. Law, Tan Lee, Wai Lau

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

This paper describes our recent investigation on the use of both intra-syllable and cross-syllable acoustic units for Cantonese text-to-speech synthesis. In our previous work, isolated monosyllable units were used for concatenative speech synthesis of Cantonese. The synthetic speech was considered to be unnatural in such a way that there was an obvious lack of perceptual continuity. The proposed system adopts an acoustic inventory that covers all legitimate intra-syllable and cross-syllable acoustic units. Synthetic speech produced via concatenation of such sub-syllable units better captures the pertinent transitory effects that are crucial to perceived naturalness. Different strategies are used to concatenate speech segments with different acoustic-phonetic properties. Subjective listening test shows a noticeable performance improvement that is accounted for mainly by smoother transition between sonorant segments.

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Bibliographic reference.  Law, K. M. / Lee, Tan / Lau, Wai (2001): "Cantonese text-to-speech synthesis using sub-syllable units", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 991-994.