5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

The Bell Labs German Text-To-Speech System: An Overview

Bernd Möbius, Richard Sproat, Jan P. H. van Santen, Joseph P. Olive

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

In this paper we present an overview of the German version of the Bell Labs text-to-speech system, a high-quality concatenative synthesis system with extensive text analysis capabilities. We discuss problems of text analysis, and our solutions to these problems, including: the integration of text normalization tasks into linguistic text analysis; the capability to morphologically analyze compounds and unseen words; name analysis and pronunciation. We briefly describe the prosodic components of the text-to-speech system and their underlying duration and intonation models. Finally, the phonetically motivated structure of the acoustic inventory is presented.

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Bibliographic reference.  Möbius, Bernd / Sproat, Richard / Santen, Jan P. H. van / Olive, Joseph P. (1997): "The bell labs German text-to-speech system: an overview", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 2443-2446.