Part-of-Speech Tagging and Chunking in Text-to-Speech Synthesis for South African Languages

Georg I. Schlünz, Nkosikhona Dlamini, Rynhardt P. Kruger


Text-to-speech synthesis can be an empowering communication tool in the hands of the print-disabled or augmentative and alternative communication user. In an effort to improve the naturalness of synthesised speech — and thus enhance the communication experience — we apply the natural language processing tasks of part-of-speech tagging and chunking to the text in the synthesis process. We cover the South African languages of (South African) English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Sepedi. The part-of-speech tagging delivers positive results for most of the languages; however, the chunking does not give any improvement in its current form.


DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1040

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Schlünz, G.I., Dlamini, N., Kruger, R.P. (2016) Part-of-Speech Tagging and Chunking in Text-to-Speech Synthesis for South African Languages. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 3554-3558.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Schlünz+2016,
author={Georg I. Schlünz and Nkosikhona Dlamini and Rynhardt P. Kruger},
title={Part-of-Speech Tagging and Chunking in Text-to-Speech Synthesis for South African Languages},
year=2016,
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},
doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1040},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1040},
pages={3554--3558}
}