Generating expressive speech for storytelling applications


Theune, Mariët and Meijs, Koen and Heylen, Dirk and Ordelman, Roeland (2006) Generating expressive speech for storytelling applications. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 14 (4). pp. 1137-1144. ISSN 1558-7916

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Abstract:Work on expressive speech synthesis has long focused on the expression of basic emotions. In recent years, however, interest in other expressive styles has been increasing. The research presented in this paper aims at the generation of a storytelling speaking style, which is suitable for storytelling applications and more in general, for applications aimed at children. Based on an analysis of human storytellers' speech, we designed and implemented a set of prosodic rules for converting "neutral" speech, as produced by a text-to-speech system, into storytelling speech. An evaluation of our storytelling speech generation system showed encouraging results.
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