Assessment of time frequency warping for use as a reference degradation for assessing synthetic speech

  • M.D. Burrell

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Abstract

At present there is no standard assessment method for rating and comparing the quality of synthesized speech. This study assesses the suitability of Time Frequency Warping (TFW) modulation for use as a reference device for assessing synthesized speech. Time Frequency Warping modulation introduces timing errors into natural speech that produce perceptual errors similar to those found in synthetic speech. It is proposed that TFW modulation used in conjunction with a listening effort test would provide a standard assessment method for rating the quality of synthesized speech. This study identifies the most suitable TFW modulation variable parameter to be used for assessing synthetic speech and assess the results of several assessment tests that rate examples of synthesized speech in terms of the TFW variable parameter and listening effort. The study also attempts to identify the attributes of speech that differentiate synthetic, TFW modulated and natural speech.
Date of AwardNov 1992
LanguageEnglish
SupervisorD.L. Richards (Supervisor)

Keywords

  • time frequency warping modulationreference degradation
  • standard degradation
  • attributes of synthesized speech
  • perceptual space
  • perceptual processing

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Assessment of time frequency warping for use as a reference degradation for assessing synthetic speech
Burrell, M. D. (Author). Nov 1992

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy