Second ESCA/IEEE Workshop on Speech Synthesis

September 12-15, 1994
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY, USA

All-Prosodic Synthesis Architecture

Arthur Dirksen (1), John Coleman (2)

(1) Institute for Perception Research/IPO, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
(2(Oxford University Phonetics Laboratory/OUPL, Oxforf, UK

We present a speech synthesis architecture, IPOX, which allows the integration of various aspects of prosodic structure at different structural levels. This is achieved by using a hierarchical, metrical representation of the input string in analysis as well as phonetic interpretation. The output of the latter step consists of parameters for the Klatt synthesizer. The architecture is based primarily on YorkTalk (Coleman 1992, 1994; Local 1992), but differs in that it uses a rule compiler (Dirksen 1993), which allows a clean separation of linguistic statements and computational execution, as well as a more concise statement of various kinds of generalizations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dirksen, Arthur / Coleman, John (1994): "All-prosodic synthesis architecture", In SSW2-1994, 232-235.