5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Rapid-Deployment Text-to-Speech in the DIPLOMAT System

Kevin Lenzo, Christopher Hogan, Jeffrey Allen

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

The DIPLOMAT project at Carnegie Mellon University instantiates a program of rapid-deployment speech-to-speech machine translation; we have developed techniques for quickly producing text-to-speech (TTS) systems for new target languages to support this work. While the resulting systems are not immediately of comparable quality to commercial systems on unrestricted tasks in well-developed languages, they are more than adequate for limited-domain scenarios and rapid prototyping - they generalize to unseen data with some degradation, while quality in-domain can be quite good. Voices and engines for synthesizing new target languages may be developed in a period as short as two weeks after text corpus collection. We have successfully used these techniques to build a TTS module for English, Croatian, Spanish, Haitian Creole and Korean.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lenzo, Kevin / Hogan, Christopher / Allen, Jeffrey (1998): "Rapid-deployment text-to-speech in the DIPLOMAT system", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0868.