In this paper we present a computer program PROSO a linguistic rule compiler which applies a number of prosodic rules inserting appropriate markers to any text inputted, on the basis of phonological rules and of syntactic structure, this one computed separately by an RTN parser(see Delmonte & Dolci, 1989) and made visible to PROSO only at a certain structural level, though. The output of this program can then be passed on to a system like VOXPC, the text-to-speech module commercialized by Olivetti, which allows the user to provide explicit phonetic and prosodic information in order to modify the internal coding procedures. VOXPC is a system completely lacking in linguistic knowledge apart from the well-known distinction between content and function words: the quality of the system is very poor both at word level and at sentence and text level.
Bibliographic reference. Delmonte, Rodolfo / Dolci, Roberto (1991): "Computing linguistic knowledge for text-to-speech systems with PROSO", In EUROSPEECH-1991, 1291-1294.