Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

A Mixed Strategy Approach to Spanish Prosody

Juan Manuel Villar Navarro, Eduardo López Gonzalo, José Relaño Gil

ETSI Telecomunicación, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, Madrid, Spain

In this paper we introduce a new method for the synthesis of Spanish prosody suitable for the automatic generation of prosody in a Text-to-Speech system. As some methods we have already proposed our approach is data-based, it models joint F0 contour and segmental durations and its linguistic analysis is rule-based. Unlike previous works it uses a mixture of a priori breath group classification (linguistically based) and data-based phonological mapping. This new approach together with the previous ones form a quite open framework for analysis and synthesis of Spanish prosody. This approach leaves room for growing from a general prosodic model towards application specific prosody. The new method is successfully tested in a particular style of telephone number reading, quite dificult to pick up by previous methods.

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Bibliographic reference.  Villar Navarro, Juan Manuel / López Gonzalo, Eduardo / Relaño Gil, José (1999): "A mixed strategy approach to Spanish prosody", In EUROSPEECH'99, 1879-1882.