Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Representation and Processing of Linguistic Structures for an All-Prosodic Synthesis System Using XML

Mark Huckvale

University College London, Gower Street, London, UK

The ProSynth speech synthesis project aims to re-implement and extend the YorkTalk all-prosodic synthesis system in an open manner preserving its most ap-pealing theoretical aspects. A significant novel aspect of the architecture of ProSynth is the use of the extensible mark-up language (XML) as a computational formalism for the representation of hierarchical linguistic structures. The facilities provided by XML match closely the requirements to represent the phonological features of an utterance in a metrical prosodic structure, namely: nodes described by attribute-value pairs forming strict hierarchies. The XML formalism also leads to an elegant and efficient method for representing declarative phonological contexts under which phonetic interpretation is performed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Huckvale, Mark (1999): "Representation and processing of linguistic structures for an all-prosodic synthesis system using XML", In EUROSPEECH'99, 1847-1850.