Accession Number:

ADA459395

Title:

Limited Domain Synthesis of Expressive Military Speech for Animated Characters

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES INFORMATION SCIENCES INSTITUTE

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Text-to-speech synthesis can play an important role in interactive education and training applications, as voices for animated agents. Such agents need high-quality voices capable of expressing intent and emotion. This paper presents preliminary results in an effort aimed at synthesizing expressive military speech for training applications. Such speech has acoustic and prosodic characteristics that can differ markedly from ordinary conversational speech. A limited domain synthesis approach is used employing samples of expressive speech, classified according to speaking style. The resulting synthesizer was tested both in isolation and in the context of a virtual reality training scenario with animated characters.

Subject Categories:

  • Voice Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE