A bilingual tex-to-speech system in Spanish and Catalan. Bonafonte, A.; Esquerra, I.; Febrer, A.; and Vallverdú, F. In Eurospeech 1997. Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, volume 5, pages 2455-2458, Rhodes, Greece, September 22-25, 1997.
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This paper summarises the text-to-speech system that has been developed during the last years in the Speech Group of the Universitat Politccnica de Catalunya (UPC). The paper emphasises the parts of the system which are language dependent: phonetic transcription, prosodic module, and synthesis units database. One particularity of the system is the fact of being bilingual, i.e., the system is able to speak either in Spanish or in Catalan. Some effort has been done to allow the reading of bilingual texts and to reduce the computational resources needed. In particular, the Spanish and Catalan speech databases are merged to reduce the memory requirements and the development effort. The system is being used by disabled people which suffer from oral disorders. In order to give variability to the voices some experiments have been done in voice transformation using the TD-PSOLA algorithm.
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	Address = {Rhodes, Greece, September 22-25, 1997},
	Author = {Bonafonte, Antonio and Esquerra, Ignasi and Febrer, Albert and Vallverdú, Francesc},
	Booktitle = {Eurospeech 1997. Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology},
	Date = {1997},
	Date-Modified = {2016-09-24 18:55:59 +0000},
	File = {Attachment:files/1363/Bonafonte et al. - 1997 - A bilingual tex-to-speech system in Spanish and Catalan.pdf:application/pdf},
	Keywords = {Catalan, Spanish, speech synthesis, speech technology, text-to-speech, text-to-speech system, UPCTTS},
	Pages = {2455-2458},
	Title = {A bilingual tex-to-speech system in Spanish and Catalan},
	Url = {http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/eurospeech_1997/e97_2455.html},
	Volume = {5},
	Abstract = {This paper summarises the text-to-speech system that has been developed during the last years in the Speech Group of the Universitat Politccnica de Catalunya (UPC). The paper emphasises the parts of the system which are language dependent: phonetic transcription, prosodic module, and synthesis units database. One particularity of the system is the fact of being bilingual, i.e., the system is able to speak either in Spanish or in Catalan. Some effort has been done to allow the reading of bilingual texts and to reduce the computational resources needed. In particular, the Spanish and Catalan speech databases are merged to reduce the memory requirements and the development effort. The system is being used by disabled people which suffer from oral disorders. In order to give variability to the voices some experiments have been done in voice transformation using the TD-PSOLA algorithm.},
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