The ESCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis

September 25-28, 1990
Autrans, France

Yorktalk: "Synthesis-By-Rule" Without Segments or Rules

John Coleman

Experimental Phonetics Laboratory, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, Heslington, York, UK

In this paper I discuss some computational-linguistic reasons why conventional text-to-speech systems which employ segmental representations and phonological rewrite-rules are less than satisfactory. I describe the YorkTalk system, which implements the "no-segment, no-rewrites" hypothesis to generate phonetic parameters for the Klatt formant synthesizer. The resulting synthetic speech is fluent, articulate and very human-like.

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Bibliographic reference.  Coleman, John (1990): "Yorktalk: "synthesis-by-rule" without segments or rules", In SSW1-1990, 13-16.