First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

Automatic Synthesis of Natural-Sounding Intonation for Text-to-Speech Conversion in Dutch

Jacques M. B. Terken, René Collier

Institute for Perception Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

A set of rules is proposed for the automatic synthesis of natural-sounding intonation as part of speech synthesis in Dutch from unrestricted text. Results of a formal perceptual evaluation show that the synthetic intonation is judged to be as natural as human intonation for isolated utterances; for texts, additional provisions are required to model contributions of text structure. It is suggested that the regularities expressed by the rules may apply to other languages as well.

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Bibliographic reference.  Terken, Jacques M. B. / Collier, René (1989): "Automatic synthesis of natural-sounding intonation for text-to-speech conversion in dutch", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 1357-1359.