High-quality text-to-speech synthesis: an overview. Dutoit, T. Journal of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, 17(1):25-37.
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This paper tries to give a comprehensive introduction to state-of-the-art Text-To- Speech (TTS) synthesis by highlighting its Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) components. As a matter of fact, since very few people associate a good knowledge of DSP with a comprehensive insight into NLP, synthesis mostly remains unclear, even for people working in either research area. After a brief definition of a general TTS system and of its commercial applications, in Section 1, the paper is basically divided into two parts. Section 2.1 begins with a presentation of the many practical NLP problems which have to be solved by a TTS system. We then examine, in Section 2.2, how synthetic speech can be obtained by simply concatenating elementary speech units, and what choices have to be made for this operation to yield high quality. We finaly give a word on existing TTS solutions, with special emphasis on the computational and economical constraints which have to be kept in mind when designing TTS systems.
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	Author = {Dutoit, Thierry},
	Date = {1997},
	Date-Modified = {2016-09-24 18:56:02 +0000},
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	Journal = {Journal of Electrical \& Electronics Engineering},
	Keywords = {speech synthesis, speech technology, text-to-speech},
	Number = {1},
	Pages = {25-37},
	Title = {High-quality text-to-speech synthesis: an overview},
	Url = {http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/publications/regpapers/1997/ieeea97_td.zip},
	Volume = {17},
	Abstract = {This paper tries to give a comprehensive introduction to state-of-the-art Text-To- Speech (TTS) synthesis by highlighting its Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) components. As a matter of fact, since very few people associate a good knowledge of DSP with a comprehensive insight into NLP, synthesis mostly remains unclear, even for people working in either research area. After a brief definition of a general TTS system and of its commercial applications, in Section 1, the paper is basically divided into two parts. Section 2.1 begins with a presentation of the many practical NLP problems which have to be solved by a TTS system. We then examine, in Section 2.2, how synthetic speech can be obtained by simply concatenating elementary speech units, and what choices have to be made for this operation to yield high quality. We finaly give a word on existing TTS solutions, with special emphasis on the computational and economical constraints which have to be kept in mind when designing TTS systems.},
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