Fifth ISCA ITRW on Speech Synthesis

June 14-16, 2004
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Frisian TTS, an Example of Bootstrapping TTS for Minority Languages

Jelske Dijkstra, Louis C. W. Pols, Rob J. J. H. van Son

Phonetic Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A Frisian adaptation of a Dutch TTS system based on Festival, NeXTeNS, is presented as a case study in prototyping TTS for resource-poor minority languages. For these languages, demonstrator systems are essential to seed projects in speech and language technology. The conversion of a Dutch TTS system to a new language with minimal speech and language resources, Frisian, demonstrates that a TTS prototype can be built rapidly using existing modules and voices. An informal evaluation with native speakers of Frisian shows that such a hybrid prototype can already produce intelligible speech for demonstration purposes.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dijkstra, Jelske / Pols, Louis C. W. / Son, Rob J. J. H. van (2004): "Frisian TTS, an example of bootstrapping TTS for minority languages", In SSW5-2004, 97-102.