N. P. Narendra

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This paper presents the design and development of syllable specific unit selection cost functions for improving the quality of text-to-speech synthesis. Appropriate unit selection cost functions, namely concatenation cost and target cost, are proposed for syllable based synthesis. Concatenation costs are defined based on the type of segments present at the(More)
This paper provides a design of prosody rule-set for transforming the neutral speech synthesized by Text-to-Speech (TTS) system to storytelling style speech. The objective of this work is to synthesize storyteller speech from the neutral TTS system for a given story text as input. In this work, neutral TTS refers to TTS system developed using Festival(More)
This paper proposes syllable specific target cost formulation for syllable based text-to-speech synthesis in Bengali language. Target cost formulation is implemented in three stages. In the first stage, syllable classification is done based on the position of syllable in word as begin, middle and end. At the second stage, begin, middle and end syllables are(More)