Perception of synthetic speech produced automatically by rule: Intelligibility of eight text-to-speech systems

Beth G. Greene, John S. Logan, David B. Pisoni

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Abstract

We present the results of studies designed to measure the segmental intelligibility of eight text-to-speech systems and a natural speech control, using the Modified Rhyme Test (MRT). Results indicated that the voices tested could be grouped into four categories: natural speech, high-quality synthetic speech, moderate-quality synthetic speech, and low-quality synthetic speech. The overall performance of the best synthesis system, DECtalk-Paul, was equivalent to natural speech only in terms of performance on initial consonants. The findings are discussed in terms of recent work investigating the perception of synthetic speech under more severe conditions. Suggestions for future research on improving the quality of synthetic speech are also considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-107
Number of pages8
JournalBehavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1986

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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