Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
October 16-20, 2000
A Method to Synthesize Arabic from Short Phonetic
Yousif A. El-Imam
College of Eng., Dept. Of Computer Engineering,
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.
El-Imam, Yousif A. (2000):
"A method to synthesize Arabic from short phonetic",
In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 575-578.