Voice Conservation: Towards Creating a Speech-Aid System for Total Laryngectomees
This paper describes the initial experiments on voice conservation of patients with laryngeal cancer in an advanced stage. The final aim is to create a speechaid device which is able to “speak” with their former voices. Our initial work is focused on applicability of speech data from patients with an impaired vocal tract for the purposes of speech synthesis. Preliminary results indicate that appropriately selected synthesis method can successfully learn a new voice, even from speech data which is of a lower quality.
KeywordsVocal Tract Speech Data Speech Synthesis Speech Enhancement Prosodic Feature
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