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Do Text-to-Speech Synthesisers Pronounce Correctly? A Preliminary Study

Do Text-to-Speech Synthesisers Pronounce Correctly? A Preliminary Study
Do Text-to-Speech Synthesisers Pronounce Correctly? A Preliminary Study
This paper evaluates 4 commercial text-to-speech synthesisers used by dyslexic people to listen to and proof read text. Two evaluators listened to 704 common English words and determined whether the words were correctly pronounced or not. Where the evaluators agree on incorrect pronunciation, the proportion of correct pronunciations for the four synthesisers is in the range 98.9% to 99.6% of the 704 words. The evaluators also listened to the same synthesisers speaking phrases in which there were 44 pairs of homographs and determined whether each instance of the homograph was correctly spoken or not. The level of correctness for the four synthesisers ranged from 76.3% to 91.3%.
text to speech, synthesised speech, dyslexia
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Evans, D.G., Draffan, E.A., James, A. and Blenkhorn, P. (2006) Do Text-to-Speech Synthesisers Pronounce Correctly? A Preliminary Study. Miesenberger, K., Klaus, J., Zagler, W.L. and Karshmer, A.I. (eds.) At Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 10th International Conference, ICCHP2006 Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 10th International Conference, ICCHP2006, Austria. 11 - 13 Jul 2006. pp. 874-881.

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This paper evaluates 4 commercial text-to-speech synthesisers used by dyslexic people to listen to and proof read text. Two evaluators listened to 704 common English words and determined whether the words were correctly pronounced or not. Where the evaluators agree on incorrect pronunciation, the proportion of correct pronunciations for the four synthesisers is in the range 98.9% to 99.6% of the 704 words. The evaluators also listened to the same synthesisers speaking phrases in which there were 44 pairs of homographs and determined whether each instance of the homograph was correctly spoken or not. The level of correctness for the four synthesisers ranged from 76.3% to 91.3%.

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Published date: 2006
Additional Information: Event Dates: July 11-13, 2006
Venue - Dates: Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 10th International Conference, ICCHP2006, Austria, 2006-07-11 - 2006-07-13
Keywords: text to speech, synthesised speech, dyslexia
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 264149
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/264149
ISBN: 3-540-36020-4
PURE UUID: 29439a08-2bd9-4e86-bd9e-8c8645f5c634

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Date deposited: 08 Jun 2007
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:39

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Author: D.G. Evans
Author: E.A. Draffan
Author: A. James
Author: P. Blenkhorn
Editor: K. Miesenberger
Editor: J. Klaus
Editor: W.L. Zagler
Editor: A.I. Karshmer

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