Fourth ISCA ITRW on Speech Synthesis

August 29 - September 1, 2001
Perthshire, Scotland

The DEMOSTHeNES Speech Composer

Gerasimos Xydas, Georgios Kouroupetroglou

Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens, Greece

In this paper we present the design and development of a modular and scalable speech composer named DEMOSTHeNES. It has been designed for converting plain or formatted text (e.g. HMTL) to a combination of speech and audio signals. DEMOSTHeNES' architecture constitutes an extension to current Text-to-Speech systems' structure that enables an open set of module-defined functions to interact with the under processing text at any stage of the text-to-speech conversion. Details on its implementation are given here. Furthermore, we present some techniques for text handling and prosody generation using DEMOSTHeNES.

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Bibliographic reference.  Xydas, Gerasimos / Kouroupetroglou, Georgios (2001): "The DEMOSTHeNES speech composer", In SSW4-2001, paper 206.