Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

Assigning Prosodic Structure for Speech Synthesis: a Rule-Based Approach

Michaela Atterer

Institute of Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart, Germany

This paper presents a model that assigns prosodic structure to unrestricted text. The model is linguistically motivated and also uses constraints on phrase length. For the implementation an XML-pipeline is used as a data-architecture. The output can be processed by a text-to-speech synthesiser for determining the locations of phrase breaks. The model outperforms another rule-based approach, and achieves either comparable results as a statistical model or comes close to those results, while being psychologically more plausible.

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Bibliographic reference.  Atterer, Michaela (2002): "Assigning prosodic structure for speech synthesis: a rule-based approach", In SP-2002, 147-150.