First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

Linguistic and Prosodic Processing for a Text-to-Speech Synthesis System

Danielle Larreur (1), Francoise Emerard (1), F. Marty (2)

(1) Centre National d'Etudes des Telecommunications, Lannion, France
(2) French and Computer-based Education Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA

The CNET's commercially available text-to-speech system performs an automatic prosodic parsing, based on the detection of a small number of grammatical words. However, the lack of any other syntactic information is a serious source of errors at the supra-segmental level. In this paper, we present a new prosodic parsing algorithm which overcomes that drawback. First, a recursive left-to-right morphosyntactic analysis assigns a grammatical value to each word in the text and transcribes it phonetically. Second, one hundred and forty hierarchized parsing rules divide the message into a sequence of prosodic groups. Finally, prosodic patterns are automatically assigned to each word by queries to a data base of prosodic events. Preliminary tests indicate that such an approach, combining a linguistic processor and a data base of real prosodic features, yields synthetic speech with a high degree of naturalness.

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Bibliographic reference.  Larreur, Danielle / Emerard, Francoise / Marty, F. (1989): "Linguistic and prosodic processing for a text-to-speech synthesis system", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 1510-1513.