Unit selection for speech synthesis using splicing costs with weighted finite state transducers

@inproceedings{Bulyko2001UnitSF,
  title={Unit selection for speech synthesis using splicing costs with weighted finite state transducers},
  author={Ivan Bulyko and Mari Ostendorf},
  booktitle={INTERSPEECH},
  year={2001}
}
In this paper we describe how unit selection for concatenative speech synthesis can be implemented efficiently for sub-phonetic units using weighted finite state transducers (WFST). We also introduce splicing costs as a measure to indicate which unit boundaries are particularly good or poor joint points. Splicing costs extend the flexibility offered by the unit selection paradigm. Through a perceptual experiment we demonstrate an improvement in speech quality achieved by using splicing costs… CONTINUE READING
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