Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

A Corpus-Based Synthesizer

Richard Sproat, Julia Hirschberg, David Yarowsky

Linguistics Research Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

This paper describes NewExpress, the new text-to-phonetic-representation component of the AT&T Bell Laboratories Text-to-Speech system (TTS). To the best of our knowledge, NewExpress represents the first extensive use of corpus-based linguistic techniques in a text-to-speech program. We discuss the use of such techniques in the system in four main areas: general pitch accent assignment, prosodic phrasing, pitch accent assignment in noun compounds, and homograph disambiguation. We demonstrate that these techniques afford an improvement in the performance of TTS.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sproat, Richard / Hirschberg, Julia / Yarowsky, David (1992): "A corpus-based synthesizer", In ICSLP-1992, 563-566.