14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


Syllable Reconstruction in Concatenated Waveform Speech Synthesis

Mark Tatham (1), Katherine Morton (1), Eric Lewis (2)

(1) University of Essex, UK; (2) University of Bristol, UK

In general purpose concatenated waveform synthesis an exhaustive stored waveforms inventory is needed. Our SPRUCE system is syllable and word based, but for general purpose work its inventory needs examples of all possible syllables. The high-level synthesis engine used to generate the phonology and prosody of utterances is already general purpose – but its use is constrained by small low-level inventories of re-combinable waveforms. The feasibility study reported here was carried out to determine whether we could take one of the word based limited domain versions of the system, and make it more general by excising syllables from existing polysyllabic words and recombining them into new words. Initially the study treats temporal rather than spectral considerations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tatham, Mark / Morton, Katherine / Lewis, Eric (1999): "Syllable reconstruction in concatenated waveform speech synthesis", In ICPhS-14, 2303-2306.