ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1997
ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1997

PROPAUSE: a syntactico-prosodic system designed to assign pauses

David Casacuberta, Lourdes Aguilar, Rafael Marin

In this study, a PROLOG-based computational tool designed to assign pauses in Spanish texts is proposed. Our purpose is to develop a prosodic segmentation algorithm suitable to be implemented in a text- to-speech system for Spanish. By means of the analysis of a corpus of read texts in Spanish, prosodic and syntactic factors guiding the location of orthographically unmarked pauses are identified. These factors are used to design a compu-tational model for assigning pauses in unrestricted texts. The performance of the system has been assessed by means of a comparison between its suggested segmentation and natural speech. The obtained results indicate that the system is able to capture empirical facts.


doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-78

Cite as: Casacuberta, D., Aguilar, L., Marin, R. (1997) PROPAUSE: a syntactico-prosodic system designed to assign pauses. Proc. 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1997), 203-206, doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-78

@inproceedings{casacuberta97_eurospeech,
  author={David Casacuberta and Lourdes Aguilar and Rafael Marin},
  title={{PROPAUSE: a syntactico-prosodic system designed to assign pauses}},
  year=1997,
  booktitle={Proc. 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1997)},
  pages={203--206},
  doi={10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-78},
  issn={1018-4074}
}