Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Synthesizing and Evaluating an Artificial Language: Klingon

Oliver Jokisch, Matthias Eichner

Laboratory of Acoustics and Speech Communication, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

The synthesis of an artificial language can provide some interesting extensions for the evaluation of text-to-speech (TTS) systems. For the alternative evaluation of the TTS system DRESS a new module for the artificial language Klingon has been developed. The linguistic and phonetic structure of Klingon can be modeled mainly by rules, with less exceptions. This contribution introduces the multilingual features of the TTS system DRESS, the fundamentals of Klingon, the synthesis approach using an allophone inventory and the integration in the TTS system. Some examples are presented and the evaluation method is shortly discussed. Preliminary listening results validate the TTS approach of synthesizing an artificial language like Klingon and indicate the applicability for evaluation procedures. For a practical use, the speech database for the Klingon synthesis needs to be enlarged.

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Acoustic Example #1   Acoustic Example #2   Acoustic Example #3
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Bibliographic reference.  Jokisch, Oliver / Eichner, Matthias (2000): "Synthesizing and evaluating an artificial language: Klingon", In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 729-732.