ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1997
ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1997

The bell labs German text-to-speech system: an overview

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

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.


doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-635

Cite as: Möbius, B., Sproat, R., Santen, J.P.H.v., Olive, J.P. (1997) The bell labs German text-to-speech system: an overview. Proc. 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1997), 2443-2446, doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-635

@inproceedings{mobius97_eurospeech,
  author={Bernd Möbius and Richard Sproat and Jan P. H. van Santen and Joseph P. Olive},
  title={{The bell labs German text-to-speech system: an overview}},
  year=1997,
  booktitle={Proc. 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1997)},
  pages={2443--2446},
  doi={10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-635},
  issn={1018-4074}
}