Unit selection Module and Method for Chinese Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Chung-Hsien Wu (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


A unit selection module for Chinese Text-to-Speech (TTS) synthesis includes a probabilistic context free grammar (PCFG) parser, a latent semantic indexing (LSI) module, and a modified variable-length unit selection scheme; any Chinese sentence is firstly input and then parsed into a context-free grammar (CFG) by the PCFG parser; wherein there are several possible CFGs for every Chinese sentence, and the CFG (or the syntactic structure) with the highest probability is then taken as the best CFG (or the syntactic structure) of the Chinese sentence; the LSI module is then used to calculate the structural distance between all the candidate synthesis units and the target unit in a corpus; through the modified variable-length unit selection scheme, tagged with the dynamic programming algorithm, the units are searched to find the best synthesis unit concatenation sequence.
Original languageEnglish
Patent number7574360
Publication statusPublished - 2006 May 4


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