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Using same-language machine translation to create alternative target sequences for text-to-speech synthesis

Cahill, Peter and Du, Jinhua and Way, Andy and Carson-Berndsen, Julie (2009) Using same-language machine translation to create alternative target sequences for text-to-speech synthesis. In: Interspeech 2009 - 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, 6-10 September 2009, Brighton, UK.

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Modern speech synthesis systems attempt to produce speech utterances from an open domain of words. In some situations, the synthesiser will not have the appropriate units to pronounce some words or phrases accurately but it still must attempt to pronounce them. This paper presents a hybrid machine translation and unit selection speech synthesis system. The machine translation system was trained with English as the source and target language. Rather than the synthesiser only saying the input text as would happen in conventional synthesis systems, the synthesiser may say an alternative utterance with the same meaning. This method allows the synthesiser to overcome the problem of insufficient units in runtime.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:speech synthesis;
Subjects:Computer Science > Machine translating
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL)
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Language Technology (NCLT)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland, SFI 07/CE/I1142
ID Code:15182
Deposited On:16 Feb 2010 09:46 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 27 Apr 2010 11:07

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