Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
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.