The ESCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis

September 25-28, 1990
Autrans, France

Deriving Text-To-Speech Durations from Natural Speech

Jan P. H. van Santen

Linguistics Research Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

Any text-to-speech system has a subsystem (duration system) that computes speech timing. How does one construct a duration system that accurately mimics natural speech? This paper discusses a particular type of data analysis method for the statistical analysis of natural speech durations, ordinal data analysis, and shows how it can be used for the construction of duration systems.

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Bibliographic reference.  Santen, Jan P. H. van (1990): "Deriving text-to-speech durations from natural speech", In SSW1-1990, 157-160.