1st Joint SIG-IL/Microsoft Workshop on Speech and Language Technologies for Iberian Languages

Porto Salvo, Portugal
September 3-4, 2009

The Project HERON

Antůnio Teixeira (1), Catarina Oliveira (2), Paula Martins (2), InÍs Domingues (3), Augusto Silva (1)

(1) Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics; (2) School of Health; (3) University of Aveiro / IEETA, Portugal

In the project HERON, we developed a framework for articulatory speech synthesis for European Portuguese. The system combines several modules, developed or adapted in the project. The Linguistic Processing model uses new syllabification and grapheme-to-phone modules developed in the project. The construction of the gestural scores is performed using an adapted version of TADA (TAsk Dynamic Application), made available for research by Haskins Laboratories. Other important result from HERON was the (first) comprehensive MRI database for European Portuguese and analyses conducted on this data. Two new Electromagnetic Midsagital (EMMA) corpora were also acquired, at GIPSA-Lab in Grenoble, one for EP nasals, and the other, of smaller dimension, relative to EP laterals.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Teixeira, Antůnio / Oliveira, Catarina / Martins, Paula / Domingues, InÍs / Silva, Augusto (2009): "The project HERON", In SLTECH-2009, 133-134.