Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

From Multilingual to Polyglot Speech Synthesis

Christof Traber (1), Karl Huber (2), Karim Nedir (2), Beat Pfister (1), Eric Keller (3), Brigitte Zellner (3)

(1) TIK, ETH-Zentrum, Zürich, Switzerland
(2) Swisscom AG, CIT-CT-SPI, Bern, Switzerland
(3) LAIP, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

This paper proposes a distinction between existing multilingual synthesis systems and mixed-lingual or polyglot synthesis systems. The latter should be capable of synthesising with the same voice utterances which contain foreign language words or word groups. As a first step towards polyglot synthetic speech, the design and realisation of a 4-lingual single-speaker diphone inventory is detailed. The first results show that mixed-lingual sentences can be synthesised using this inventory. Further work will focus on multilingual text analysis and prosodic modelling in order to create a complete polyglot TTS system.

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Bibliographic reference.  Traber, Christof / Huber, Karl / Nedir, Karim / Pfister, Beat / Keller, Eric / Zellner, Brigitte (1999): "From multilingual to polyglot speech synthesis", In EUROSPEECH'99, 835-838.