4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Multilingual Text Analysis for Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Richard Sproat

Speech Synthesis Research Department, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

We present a model of text analysis for text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis based on weighted finite-state transducers, which serves as the text-analysis module of the multilingual Bell Labs TTS system. The transducers are constructed using a lexical toolkit that allows declarative descriptions of lexicons, morphological rules, numeral-expansion rules, and phonological rules, inter alia. To date, the model has been applied to eight languages: Spanish, Italian, Romanian, French, German, Russian,Mandarin and Japanese.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sproat, Richard (1996): "Multilingual text analysis for text-to-speech synthesis", In ICSLP-1996, 1365-1368.