Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Segmental Duration in French Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Evelyne Tzoukermann, Olivier Soumoy

AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

This paper presents the methodology and the results of a duration study performed for French and motivated by the construction of a French text-to-speech system [7]. Steps necessary for the construction of a statistically based duration system are described, with special attention on specific aspects of French, such as liaison and schwa deletion. The scientific contribution of this research is to add acoustic evidence to the knowledge of the complex effects of contextual duration phenomena on phonemic duration in French, extending perceptually determined knowledge.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tzoukermann, Evelyne / Soumoy, Olivier (1995): "Segmental duration in French text-to-speech synthesis", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 607-610.