4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Microsegment Synthesis - Economic Principles in a Low-cost Solution

Ralf Benzmüller, William J. Barry

Institut für Phonetik, University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany

A low-cost concatenation based speech synthesis system for German is described which combines the advantage of minimal memory requirements with good intelligibility and high segmental and prosodic acceptability. This is achieved by the multiple use of "microsegments", stretches of speech signal varying in length from demi-phone to phone size. All prosodic structuring is carried out in the time domain.

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Bibliographic reference.  Benzmüller, Ralf / Barry, William J. (1996): "Microsegment synthesis - economic principles in a low-cost solution", In ICSLP-1996, 2383-2386.