Template-based methods for sentence generation and speech synthesis

Hiroyuki Segi, Reiko Takou, Nobumasa Seiyama, Tohru Takagi, Hideo Saito, Shinji Ozawa

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Abstract

Here we propose a sentence-generation method using templates that can be applied to create a speech database. This method requires the recording of a relatively small sentence set, and the resultant speech database can generate comparatively natural sounding synthesized speech. Applying this method to the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) weather report radio program reduced the size of the required sentence set to just a fraction of that required by comparable methods. We also propose a speech-synthesis method using templates. In an evaluation test, 66% of the speech samples synthesized by the proposed method using templates were preferred to those produced by the conventional concatenative speech-synthesis method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2011 - Proceedings
Pages1757-1760
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 18
Event36th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2011 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 2011 May 222011 May 27

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Other

Other36th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2011
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period11/5/2211/5/27

Keywords

  • recording sentences
  • sentence generation
  • speech database
  • speech synthesis
  • templates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Segi, H., Takou, R., Seiyama, N., Takagi, T., Saito, H., & Ozawa, S. (2011). Template-based methods for sentence generation and speech synthesis. In 2011 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2011 - Proceedings (pp. 1757-1760). [5946842] (ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICASSP.2011.5946842