Third European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Berlin, Germany
September 22-25, 1993


Using the ORATOR® Synthesizer for a Public Reverse-Directory Service: Design, Lessons, and Recommendations

Murray F. Spiegel

Bellcore (Bell Communications Research), Morristown, NJ, USA

Many telecommunication applications for text-to-speech synthesis (TTS) Involve speaking names and/or addresses. Two services often considered are a caller-name Identification service (often called "Audible Caller Name Delivery" or "Who's Calling" in the U.S.). and a reverse directory service. This paper will describe our research, development, and recommendations In providing speech synthesis for a heavily used reverse directory service. Issues Involved include highly accurate name pronunciation, high synthesis Intelligibility, and required directory preprocessing.

Keywords: reverse directory service, name pronunciation, speech synthesis

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Bibliographic reference.  Spiegel, Murray F. (1993): "Using the ORATOR® synthesizer for a public reverse-directory service: design, lessons, and recommendations", In EUROSPEECH'93, 1897-1900.