ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1997
ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1997

A keyvowel approach to the synthesis of regional accents of English

Briony Williams, Stephen Isard

Most English text-to-speech synthesisers offer one of only two accents: General American or RP. Developing a new accent is laborious, since it is not possible to choose one accent as a base form and systematically translate to others. We use the approach of Wells ([1]), categorising vowels in terms of keywords that encode classes of words. Thus it is unnecessary to use a phonemic transcription in either the development or the execution of a synthesiser. The "keyvowel" system can be used throughout the synthesis system, avoiding the need to make accent-specific changes manually. The same linguistic resources can be re-used for each new accent. More fundamentally, the keyvowel system functions as a meta-accent that subsumes vowel-related information in all accents of English.


doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-633

Cite as: Williams, B., Isard, S. (1997) A keyvowel approach to the synthesis of regional accents of English. Proc. 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1997), 2435-2438, doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-633

@inproceedings{williams97b_eurospeech,
  author={Briony Williams and Stephen Isard},
  title={{A keyvowel approach to the synthesis of regional accents of English}},
  year=1997,
  booktitle={Proc. 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1997)},
  pages={2435--2438},
  doi={10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-633},
  issn={1018-4074}
}