Pasindu De Silva


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Burmese Speech Corpus, Finite-State Text Normalization and Pronunciation Grammars with an Application to Text-to-Speech
Yin May Oo | Theeraphol Wattanavekin | Chenfang Li | Pasindu De Silva | Supheakmungkol Sarin | Knot Pipatsrisawat | Martin Jansche | Oddur Kjartansson | Alexander Gutkin
Proceedings of the Twelfth Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

This paper introduces an open-source crowd-sourced multi-speaker speech corpus along with the comprehensive set of finite-state transducer (FST) grammars for performing text normalization for the Burmese (Myanmar) language. We also introduce the open-source finite-state grammars for performing grapheme-to-phoneme (G2P) conversion for Burmese. These three components are necessary (but not sufficient) for building a high-quality text-to-speech (TTS) system for Burmese, a tonal Southeast Asian language from the Sino-Tibetan family which presents several linguistic challenges. We describe the corpus acquisition process and provide the details of our finite state-based approach to Burmese text normalization and G2P. Our experiments involve building a multi-speaker TTS system based on long short term memory (LSTM) recurrent neural network (RNN) models, which were previously shown to perform well for other languages in a low-resource setting. Our results indicate that the data and grammars that we are announcing are sufficient to build reasonably high-quality models comparable to other systems. We hope these resources will facilitate speech and language research on the Burmese language, which is considered by many to be low-resource due to the limited availability of free linguistic data.


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Voice Builder: A Tool for Building Text-To-Speech Voices
Pasindu De Silva | Theeraphol Wattanavekin | Tang Hao | Knot Pipatsrisawat
Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)