First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

Driving a Speech Synthesizer from Conceptual Input in the Context of a Voice Dialogue System

N. J. Youd (1), Frank Fallside (2)

(1) Logica Cambridge Ltd, Cambridge, UK
(2) Cambridge University Engineering Department, Cambridge, UK

This paper gives an overview of the message generation component of a voice dialogue system. This takes a conceptual representation of the message, and generates a syntactically labelled surface structure using domain independent linguistic rules. At the syllable level, features representing prosodic focus are used to constrain sentence accent placement. The output is used to drive a speech synthesizer at phoneme level.

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Bibliographic reference.  Youd, N. J. / Fallside, Frank (1989): "Driving a speech synthesizer from conceptual input in the context of a voice dialogue system", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 1514-1517.