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Cross-Lingual Speaker Discrimination Using Natural and Synthetic Speech
Type of publication: Conference paper
Citation: Wester_INTERSPEECH_2011
Publication status: Published
Booktitle: Proceedings of Interspeech
Year: 2011
Month: August
Location: Florence, Italy
Crossref: Wester_Idiap-RR-18-2011:
Abstract: This paper describes speaker discrimination experiments in which native English listeners were presented with natural speech stimuli in English and Mandarin, synthetic speech stimuli in English and Mandarin, or natural Mandarin speech and synthetic English speech stimuli. In each experiment, listeners were asked to judge whether the sentences in a pair were spoken by the same person or not. We found that the results of Mandarin/English speaker discrimination were very similar to those found in previous work on German/English and Finnish/English speaker discrimination. We conclude from this and previous work that listeners are able to discriminate between speakers across languages or across speech types, but the combination of these two factors leads to a speaker discrimination task that is too difficult for listeners to perform successfully, given the fact that the quality of across-language speaker adapted speech synthesis at present still needs to be improved.
Keywords: HMM-based speech synthesis, speaker adaptation, speaker discrimination
Projects EMIME
Authors Wester, Mirjam
Liang, Hui
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