Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-23497
Title: On the comprehension of extremely fast synthetic speech
Author(s): Trouvain, Jürgen
Other involved persons: Barry, William
Language: English
Year of Publication: 2007
OPUS Source: SWPL. - 1. 2007, p. 05-13
SWD key words: Sprechtempo
Free key words: speech rate
speech perception
compressed speech
speech synthesis
DDC notations: 400 Language, linguistics
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: We report on a pilot study testing the subjective comprehension of tempo-scaled synthetic speech with 9 sighted and 2 blind students. German texts (length, 100 words) were generated with a formant synthesizer and a diphone synthesizer at seven different tempo steps from 3.5 syllables per second (s/s) to 17.5 s/s. The results show that the blind subjects can understand formant synthesis at all offered rates, whereas the performance of their sighted peers declines at a rate of 10.5 s/s. Contrary to our expectations, diphone synthesis is less easy to understand than formant synthesis for both groups at rates faster than 7.5 s/s. The potential reasons for these two main findings are discussed.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-11766
Date of registration: 2-Jul-2007
Faculty: P - Philosophische Fakultät
Department: P - Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachtechnologie
P - Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophone Kulturen
Former Department: bis SS 2016: Fachrichtung 4.7 - Allgemeine Linguistik
Collections:SciDok - Der Wissenschaftsserver der Universität des Saarlandes
Saarland Working Papers in Linguistics (SWPL)

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