First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

From Diphones to Allophones: From Data to Rules

L. F. M. ten Bosch (1), René Collier (1), Louis Boves (2)

(1) Institute for Perception Research, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
(2) Department Language and Speech, Nijmegen University, the Netherlands

A research project is presented in which we aim to design a speech synthesis model based on both the diphone and the allophone concepts, i.e. the data-driven and rule-driven approach for speech synthesis, respectively. At present, diphone concatenation for Dutch leads to more intelligible speech than when a rule-based allophone synthesis is applied, although the latter synthesis has the theoretical advantage of optimal parametric freedom. However, in rule-based speech synthesis the iterative adjustment of the relevant speech parameters appears to be rather laborious. Therefore, an attempt is made to extract information about rules for allophone synthesis from the data-driven diphone synthesis (data-to-rule conversion) by means of a semi-automatic algorithm.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bosch, L. F. M. ten / Collier, René / Boves, Louis (1989): "From diphones to allophones: from data to rules", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 1129-1131.