Generating Expressive Speech for Storytelling Applications

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    Abstract

    Work on expressive speech synthesis has long focused on the expression of basic emotions. In recent years, however, interest in other expressive styles has been increasing. The research presented in this paper aims at the generation of a storytelling speaking style, which is suitable for storytelling applications and more in general, for applications aimed at children. Based on an analysis of human storytellers' speech, we designed and implemented a set of prosodic rules for converting "neutral" speech, as produced by a text-to-speech system, into storytelling speech. An evaluation of our storytelling speech generation system showed encouraging results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1137-1144
    Number of pages8
    JournalIEEE transactions on audio, speech and language processing
    Volume14
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

    Keywords

    • Speech analysis
    • Child-directed speech
    • Speech synthesis
    • Expressive prosody
    • Expressive speech

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