Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Japanese Text-To-Speech Conversion Software for Personal Computers

Kazuhiro Takahashi, Kazuhiko Iwata, Yukio Mitome, Keiko Nagano

Information Technology Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation, Kawasaki, Japan

A Japanese text-to-speecli conversion software system has been developed. For that, two new techniques are proposed. One is a prosody generation model which utilizes the invariant prosodic structures against any speech tempo for generating natural rhythm and intonation. The other technique is the waveform concatenation method, using expanded CV-VC speech units. It runs on standard Personal Computers (PC) without any additional hardware, such as Digital Signal Processors (DSP), so that installation cost is very low. And application interfaces are provided, so that application programs can easily utilize the text-to-speech function.

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Bibliographic reference.  Takahashi, Kazuhiro / Iwata, Kazuhiko / Mitome, Yukio / Nagano, Keiko (1994): "Japanese text-to-speech conversion software for personal computers", In ICSLP-1994, 1743-1746.