A Mixed Inventory Structure for German Concatenative Synthesis

  • Thomas Portele
  • Florian Höfer
  • Wolfgang J. Hess
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Abstract

In speech synthesis by unit concatenation a major point is the definition of the unit inventory. Diphone or demisyliable inventories are widely used but both unit types have their drawbacks. This chapter describes a mixed inventory structure that is syllable-oriented but does not demand a definite decision about the position of a syllable boundary. In the definition process of the inventory the results of a comprehensive investigation of coarticulatory phenomena at syllable boundaries were used as well as a machine-readable pronunciation dictionary. An evaluation comparing the mixed inventory with a demisyllable and a diphone inventory confirms that speech generated with the mixed inventory is superior regarding general acceptance. A segmental intelligibility test shows the high intelligibility of the synthetic speech.

Keywords

Assimilation Prefix Acoustics Rounded Suffix 

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  • Thomas Portele
  • Florian Höfer
  • Wolfgang J. Hess

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