Third ESCA/COCOSDA Workshop on Speech Synthesis

November 26-29, 1998
Jenolan Caves House, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Word and Syllable Models for German Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Bernd Möbius

Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

The correct pronunciation of unknown or novel words is one of the biggest challenges for text-to-speech systems. In this paper we describe the implementation of unknown word analysis as a central component of the text analysis module in the Bell Labs German text-to-speech system. The implementation is based on a model of the morphological structure of words and on the study of the productivity of word forming affixes. One important subcomponent of the word model is a phonotactic syllable model which enables the system to handle orthographic substrings that are unaccounted for by the explicitly listed morphemes. Finally, we discuss issues for future research.

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Bibliographic reference.  Möbius, Bernd (1998): "Word and Syllable Models for German Text-to-Speech Synthesis", In SSW3-1998, 59-64.