Construction of the acoustic inventory for a Greek text-to-speech concatenative synthesis system

C. Christogiannis, T. Varvarigou, A. Zappa, Y. Vamvakoulas, C. Shih, A. Arvaniti

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Abstract

The development of the Greek text-to-speech (TTS) system by NTUA is based on the method of concatenative synthesis and follows the Bell Labs approach to this technique. Concatenative synthesis is one of the simplest methods for speech synthesis and at the same time bypasses most of the problems encountered by articulatory and formant synthesis techniques. The method relies on designing and creating the acoustic inventory of the language by taking real recorded speech, cutting it into segments and concatenating these segments back together during synthesis. The design and implementation of the acoustic database is a key factor for the performance of the synthesizer, since all the possible phone-to-phone transitions must be considered in order to minimize abrupt discontinuities and thus maximize the naturalness of the synthesized utterances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSignal Processing Theory and Methods IIAudio and ElectroacusticsSpeech Processing I
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages929-932
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)0780362934
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event25th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2000 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Jun 5 2000Jun 9 2000

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Other

Other25th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2000
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period6/5/006/9/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Christogiannis, C., Varvarigou, T., Zappa, A., Vamvakoulas, Y., Shih, C., & Arvaniti, A. (2000). Construction of the acoustic inventory for a Greek text-to-speech concatenative synthesis system. In Signal Processing Theory and Methods IIAudio and ElectroacusticsSpeech Processing I (pp. 929-932). [859113] (ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings; Vol. 2). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICASSP.2000.859113