5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Improvements in Slovene Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Tomaz Sef, Ales Dobnikar, Matjaz Gams

Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

This paper presents a new text-to-speech (TTS) system that is capable of synthesising continuous Slovenian speech. Input text is processed by a series of independent modules: text normalisation, grapheme-to-phoneme conversion, prosody generation and segmental concatenation. That enables easy improvements of separate parts of the system. In order to generate rules for our synthesis scheme, data was collected by analyzing the readings of ten speakers, five males and five females. Our system is used in several applications. It is built into an employment agent EMA that provides employment information through the Internet. Currently we are developing a system that will enable blind and partially sightless people to work in the Windows environment.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sef, Tomaz / Dobnikar, Ales / Gams, Matjaz (1998): "Improvements in slovene text-to-speech synthesis", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0128.