Third ESCA/COCOSDA Workshop on Speech Synthesis

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

Prosody Control in Fluent Dutch Text-to-Speech

Arthur Dirksen, Ludmila Menert

Fluency Speech Technology, Utrecht, Netherlands

Fluent Dutch Text-To-Speech is a new, high-quality TTS system for Dutch, built on top of the MBROLA diphone synthesizer (Dutoit 1997), and commercially available for Windows 95/NT. This paper discusses two applications which use the TTS system: a talking dictionary, and a communication aid for the vocally handicapped. In the talking dictionary application, parameterized prosody rules enable the generation of various pronunciations of a word, from formal to informal. For the vocally handicapped, prosody controls are used to create different voices and moods.

Full Paper (with links to sound examples and images)

Bibliographic reference.  Dirksen, Arthur / Menert, Ludmila (1998): "Prosody Control in Fluent Dutch Text-to-Speech", In SSW3-1998, 111-114.