Ana Belén Mourín


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Building High Quality Databases for Minority Languages such as Galician
Francisco Campillo | Daniela Braga | Ana Belén Mourín | Carmen García-Mateo | Pedro Silva | Miguel Sales Dias | Francisco Méndez
Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'10)

This paper describes the result of a joint R&D project between Microsoft Portugal and the Signal Theory Group of the University of Vigo (Spain), where a set of language resources was developed with application to Text―to―Speech synthesis. First, a large Corpus of 10000 Galician sentences was designed and recorded by a professional female speaker. Second, a lexicon with phonetic and grammatical information of over 90000 entries was collected and reviewed manually by a linguist expert. And finally, these resources were used for a MOS (Mean Opinion Score) perceptual test to compare two state―of―the―art speech synthesizers of both groups, the one from Microsoft based on HMM, and the one from the University of Vigo based on unit selection.