9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

Modeling Austrian Dialect Varieties for TTS

Friedrich Neubarth (1), Michael Pucher (2), Christian Kranzler (2)

(1) OFAI, Austria; (2) ftw., Austria

In this paper we discuss certain strategies for building adapted TTS systems for dialectal or regional varieties from a given standard source. The basic question is how much re-coding is necessary for a given transfer and to what extent it is possible to rely on the speech data alone. It will turn out that there are ambiguities that cannot be resolved without a certain amount of linguistic engineering. For exemplification we present two experiments dealing with Austrian standard German and Viennese dialect on the level of phonetic lexicon and orthography.

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Bibliographic reference.  Neubarth, Friedrich / Pucher, Michael / Kranzler, Christian (2008): "Modeling Austrian dialect varieties for TTS", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1877-1880.