Expressions aims to improve the quality of prosody and intonation for unit selection speech synthesis.
This project, in conjunction with Stanford University, is working to improve both the prediction and realisation of prosody for unit selection speech synthesis. Prediction looks at the issues of emphasis assignment, function word pronunciation, phrasing and pitch range. Realisation is concerned with ensuring that the resulting synthetic speech is receives an appropriate pitch contour.
Edinburgh-Stanford link (Scottish Enterprise)