A general approach to TTS reading of mixed-language texts. Badino, L.; Barolo, C.; and Quazza, S. In ICSLP 2004 - Interspeech 2004. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, pages 849-852. Jeju Island, Korea. October 4-8, 2004.
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The paper presents the Loquendo TTS approach to mixed- language speech synthesis, offering a range of options to face the various situations where texts may occur in different languages or embedding foreign phrases. The most challenging target is to make a monolingual TTS voice read a foreign language text. The adopted Foreign Pronunciation Strategy here discussed allows mixing phonetic transcriptions of different languages, relying on a Phoneme Mapping algorithm making foreign phoneme sequences pronounceable by monolingual voices. The algorithm extends previous solutions, obtaining a plausible approximated pronunciation. The method is efficient, language independent, entirely phonetics-based and it enables any Loquendo TTS voice to speak all the languages provided by the system.
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	Author = {Badino, Leonardo and Barolo, Claudia and Quazza, Silvia},
	Booktitle = {ICSLP 2004 - Interspeech 2004. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing},
	Date = {2004},
	Date-Modified = {2016-09-24 18:55:58 +0000},
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	Keywords = {phonetics, speech synthesis, speech technology},
	Pages = {849-852},
	Publisher = {Jeju Island, Korea. October 4-8, 2004},
	Title = {A general approach to TTS reading of mixed-language texts},
	Url = {http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/interspeech_2004/i04_0849.html},
	Abstract = {The paper presents the Loquendo TTS approach to mixed- language speech synthesis, offering a range of options to face the various situations where texts may occur in different languages or embedding foreign phrases. The most challenging target is to make a monolingual TTS voice read a foreign language text. The adopted Foreign Pronunciation Strategy here discussed allows mixing phonetic transcriptions of different languages, relying on a Phoneme Mapping algorithm making foreign phoneme sequences pronounceable by monolingual voices. The algorithm extends previous solutions, obtaining a plausible approximated pronunciation. The method is efficient, language independent, entirely phonetics-based and it enables any Loquendo TTS voice to speak all the languages provided by the system.},
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