Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

A Method to Synthesize Arabic from Short Phonetic

Yousif A. El-Imam

College of Eng., Dept. Of Computer Engineering, Sharjah University

A system that uses short phonetic clusters, speech segments, or synthesis units to synthesize standard Arabic (SA) is described. The clusters are derived from the Arabic syllables. Basic and phonetic variants of the synthesis units are defined after qualitative and quantitative analyses of the language phonetics. A speech database of the synthesis units and their phonetic variations is created and the units are tested to control their segmental quality. A computer-based TTS system is developed using the method. Speech is synthesized by waveform concatenation. The intelligibility of synthesized speech is assessed by a standard intelligibility test method that is adapted to suit the Arabic phonetic characteristics.

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Bibliographic reference.  El-Imam, Yousif A. (2000): "A method to synthesize Arabic from short phonetic", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 575-578.