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LINGUIST List 17.1885

Mon Jun 26 2006

FYI: Artificial Speech Listening Tests

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        1.    Tina Bennett, Artificial Speech Listening Tests

Message 1: Artificial Speech Listening Tests
Date: 23-Jun-2006
From: Tina Bennett <cbennett+linglistcs.cmu.edu>
Subject: Artificial Speech Listening Tests

The Blizzard Challenge 2006:
Evaluating corpus-based speech synthesis on common data


In order to investigate corpus-based speech synthesis techniques we have
devised a large experiment in which research laboratories around the world
used the same speech databases to build synthetic voices.

Year two of the Blizzard Challenge is upon us, and once again, we would
like to have as many people take part as possible. We also feel that
diverse bodies of participants (i.e. those who are knowledgeable about
speech, those knowledgeable about technology, and lay people) allow for
interesting comparisons.

In the web-based listening tests, various waveform files are played to the
listener who then is asked to score them on a 1-5 scale or in some tests,
to type in what they hear.

To participate in the listening tests please go to:


You will be asked to register, then listen to and evaluate a set of
sentences. It takes around 30-60 minutes to complete all the tests. It is
best if the tests are completed in a single session, but it is possible to
leave and return later, continuing from where you left off.

When you have finished, please give us as much feedback (via the exit
questionnaire) as you are willing. Native language information, etc. will
be especially useful.

Thanks for helping to improve the quality of spoken output!

Tina Bennett
Ph.D. student, Speech group
Language Technologies Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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