Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

A Corpus-Based Mandarin Text-To-Speech Synthesizer

Benjamin Ao, Chilin Shih, Richard Sproat

Linguistics Research Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

This paper describes the AT&T Bell Laboratories Mandarin Chinese concatenative text-to-speech (TTS) system, which is being constructed using the NewTTS architecture for multi-lingual TTS [12]. This Mandarin TTS system is 'corpus-based' in that important components of the system are developed on the basis of the analysis of large text corpora. We concentrate here primarily on two modules, namely the word segmentation module and the segmental duration module. We also briefly describe the intonation module and the concatenative unit inventory.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ao, Benjamin / Shih, Chilin / Sproat, Richard (1994): "A corpus-based Mandarin text-to-speech synthesizer", In ICSLP-1994, 1771-1774.