Speech synthesis evaluation corpora (ZL Handley )

Subject: Speech synthesis evaluation corpora
From:    ZL Handley  <zoe.handley(at)postgrad.umist.ac.uk>
Date:    Tue, 17 Sep 2002 13:20:08 +0100
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Hello, I am currently working on the evaluation of speech synthesis for use in computer-assisted language learning for my PhD. In particular the evaluation of both French and English speech synthesisers for use in language learning and teaching. I have found a lot of literature on the subject of the evaluation of speech synthesis however I am finding it difficult finding the corpora that are used in the proposed evaluation paradigms, in particular for French which is the language I am most interested in. To date I have found the corpora of part of the EUROM1, BDSONS, and BDBRUIT corpora for testing French (available from http://www.icp.grenet.fr/Relator/french/eurom1.html). However the full written corpora are not available at this address and I cannot find them elsewhere. - I was wondering whether anyone knew where I could get the full written corpora from? - Where I coud get documentation on the construction of this corpus from? My most pressing need is to find the corpora for intellibibility tests for French: The following articles are not available in my library, I was therefore wondering whether anyone could tell me whether they are worth ordering, do they have the written corpora in them? Bacriand P. Graillot, Intelligibilité de Phrases en Parole Naturelle, Codées et de Synthèse. 1986, CNET. Benoit,C. Intelligibility Test for the Assessment of French Synthesisers using Smeantically Unpredicatble Sentences. in ESCA Workshop on Speech Input/Output Assessment and Speech Databases. 1989. Noordwijkerhout. Combescure,P., 20 Listes de Dix Phrases Phonétiquement Equilibrées. Revue d'Acoustique, 1981. 56: p. 34-38. Graillot, P., F. Emerard, and L. J, Tests de rime appliqués à des systèmes de synthèse par diphones. 1983, CNET. Or are there other articles on this subject in which I will find the corpora? Thanks in advance Zoe Handley ---------------------------------------------------------- MPhil by research (subject: Evaluation of speech synthesis for computer assisted langauge learning) Centre for Computational Linguistics - MB/C25c UMIST PO Box 88 Manchester M60 1QD UK zoe.handley(at)postgrad.umist.ac.uk

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