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Expressive Prosody for Unit-selection Speech Synthesis

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    Rights statement: © Strom, V., Clark, R., & King, S. (2006). Expressive Prosody for Unit-selection Speech Synthesis. In Interspeech 2006 - ICSLP: 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing. [1522] International Speech Communication Association.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterspeech 2006 - ICSLP
Subtitle of host publication9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
ISBN (Print)1990-9772
Publication statusPublished - 2006


Current unit selection speech synthesis voices cannot produce emphasis or interrogative contours because of a lack of the necessary prosodic variation in the recorded speech database. A method of recording script design is proposed which addresses this shortcoming. Appropriate components were added to the target cost function of the Festival Multisyn engine, and a perceptual evaluation showed a clear preference over the baseline system.

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