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

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Communication Aid for Non-Vocal People Using Corpusbased Concatenative Speech Synthesis

Akemi Iida (1), Yosuke Sakurada (1), Nick Campbell (2), Michiaki Yasumura (1)

(1) Keio University, Japan; (2) ATR International, Japan

This paper reports on the development of Chatako-AID, a communication aid for non-vocal people using corpus-based cocatenative speech synthesis by creating a speech corpus especially designed for such use. The concept of Chatako-AID; synthesis with the user's voice, which makes use of precomposed texts, is highly appreciated by the target user. This confirms that the recording of a minimum set of phonetically balanced sentences is insufficient for speech synthesis in the proposed method and that a combination of the above recording and a recording of well-read continuous-text material produces more natural sounded synthesised speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Iida, Akemi / Sakurada, Yosuke / Campbell, Nick / Yasumura, Michiaki (2001): "Communication aid for non-vocal people using corpusbased concatenative speech synthesis", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 2409-2412.