Second European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Genova, Italy
September 24-26, 1991


Adaptation of the Multivox Text-to-Speech System to Italian

Gabor Olaszy

Phonetics Laboratory, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

The MULTIVOX multilingual text-to-speech system was adapted to Italian in 1990-91. The steps and the special features of this adaptation process will be described. In the adaptation the target language (Italian) was developed from the Esperanto version as a source language. Esperanto was chosen to this purpose, because its sound set and the word stress was very close to Italian. Key words: text-to-speech, grapheme-phoneme conversion, acoustic building unit (ABU), phonetic rules.

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Bibliographic reference.  Olaszy, Gabor (1991): "Adaptation of the multivox text-to-speech system to Italian", In EUROSPEECH-1991, 1247-1250.