A set of rules is proposed for the automatic synthesis of natural-sounding intonation as part of speech synthesis in Dutch from unrestricted text. Results of a formal perceptual evaluation show that the synthetic intonation is judged to be as natural as human intonation for isolated utterances; for texts, additional provisions are required to model contributions of text structure. It is suggested that the regularities expressed by the rules may apply to other languages as well.
Bibliographic reference. Terken, Jacques M. B. / Collier, René (1989): "Automatic synthesis of natural-sounding intonation for text-to-speech conversion in dutch", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 1357-1359.