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Title: Utilising Spontaneous Conversational Speech in HMM-Based Speech Synthesis
Authors: Andersson, Sebastian
Yamagishi, Junichi
Clark, Robert
Issue Date: 2010
Journal Title: The 7th ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Speech Synthesis
Abstract: Spontaneous conversational speech has many characteristics that are currently not well modelled in unit selection and HMM-based speech synthesis. But in order to build synthetic voices more suitable for interaction we need data that exhibits more conversational characteristics than the generally used read aloud sentences. In this paper we will show how carefully selected utterances from a spontaneous conversation was instrumental for building an HMM-based synthetic voices with more natural sounding conversational characteristics than a voice based on carefully read aloud sentences. We also investigated a style blending technique as a solution to the inherent problem of phonetic coverage in spontaneous speech data. But the lack of an appropriate representation of spontaneous speech phenomena probably contributed to results showing that we could not yet compete with the speech quality achieved for grammatical sentences.
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