Unsupervised cross-lingual speaker adaptation for HMM-based speech synthesis using two-pass decision tree construction

Gibson, Matthew Thomas ; Hirsimaki, T ; Karhila, R ; Kurimo, M ; Byrne, William Joseph (2010)

Conference Object

This paper demonstrates how unsupervised cross-lingual adaptation of HMM-based speech synthesis models may be performed without explicit knowledge of the adaptation data language. A two-pass decision tree construction technique is deployed for this purpose. Using parallel translated datasets, cross-lingual and intralingual adaptation are compared in a controlled manner. Listener evaluations reveal that the proposed method delivers performance approaching that of unsupervised intralingual adaptation.