Fifth ISCA ITRW on Speech Synthesis

June 14-16, 2004
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Unit Selection Voice for Amharic using Festvox

Sebsibe H. Mariam (1), S. P. Kishore (1,2,3), Alan W. Black (2), Rohit Kumar (1), Rajeev Sangal (1)

(1) Language Technologies Research Center, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India
(2) Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
(3) Institute for Software Research International, Carnegie Mellon University

In this paper, we try to describe the issues to be considered in developing a concatenative speech synthesizer for Amharic language. The complexity of the syllable structure of the language, the phonetic nature of the language and the result of the perceptual test of the synthesizer will be discussed. Comments and recommendations for further research are included.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mariam, Sebsibe H. / Kishore, S. P. / Black, Alan W. / Kumar, Rohit / Sangal, Rajeev (2004): "Unit selection voice for Amharic using Festvox", In SSW5-2004, 103-108.