First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

Japanese Text-to-Speech Equipment: Current Applications and Trends

Hirokazu Sato

NTT Human Interface Laboratories, Kanagawa-ken, Japan

This paper introduces the Japanese text-to-speech equipment developed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, and describes several current applications of text-to-speech systems such as ANSER. Besides the original role of generating speech from unrestricted texts, other application possibilities are discussed. Moreover, this paper discusses the importance of achieving low-priced equipment, improving the synthetic speech quality, and realizing the controllability of voice quality and speech style. The solution of these problems will expand the future application fields of text-to-speech systems.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sato, Hirokazu (1990): "Japanese text-to-speech equipment: current applications and trends", In ICSLP-1990, 873-876.