5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

The UPC Text-to-Speech System for Spanish and Catalan

Antonio Bonafonte, Ignasi Esquerra, Albert Febrer, Josť A.R. Fonollosa, Francesc Vallverdu

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

This paper summarizes the text-to-speech system that has been developed in the Speech Group of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). The system is composed of a core and different interfaces so that it is compatible for research, for telephone applications (either CTI boards or standard ISDN PC cards supporting CAPI), and Windows applications developed using Microsoft SAPI. The paper reviews the system making emphasis in the parts of the system which are language dependent and which allow the reading of bilingual text (Spanish and Catalan). The paper also presents new approaches in prosodic modeling (segmental duration modeling) and generation of the database of speech segments, which have been introduced last year.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bonafonte, Antonio / Esquerra, Ignasi / Febrer, Albert / Fonollosa, Josť A.R. / Vallverdu, Francesc (1998): "The UPC text-to-speech system for Spanish and catalan", In ICSLP-1998, paper 1146.