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Word and syllable concatenation in text-to-speech synthesis

Eric Lewis, Mark Tatham, Word and syllable concatenation in text-to-speech synthesis. Sixth European Conference on Speech Communications and Technology. ISSN 1018-4074, pp. 615–618. September 1999. PDF, 28 Kbytes.


MeteoSPRUCE is a database of 2000 words relating to weather forecasting. While such a database is clearly not large enough to be definitive, its usability can be greatly extended by excising syllables from polysyllabic words in its inventory and recombining them to form new words. The authors believe that it provides sufficient data to start to enable conclusions to be drawn in contexts other than those in which they were recorded. A classification scheme for syllables, based on the class of their initial and final segments, has been defined and used to determine a set of rules for making modifications to syllables so atht when concatenated the joins are perceptually not noticeable.

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