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How To Handle “Foreign” Sounds in Swedish Text-to-Speech Conversion: Approaching the ‘Xenophone’ Problem
Telia Research AB, Farsta, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3734-0757
Telia Research AB, Farsta, Sweden.
1998 (English)In: 5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing 30th November - 4th December, 1998 Sydney, Australia ICSLP'98 Proceedings / [ed] Robert H. Mannell and Jordi Robert-Ribes, 1998, Vol. 7, p. 2831-2834, article id 514Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses the problem of handling “foreign” speech sounds in Swedish speech technology systems, in particular speech synthesis. A production study is made, where it is shown that Swedish speakers add foreign speech sounds, here termed ‘xenophones’, to their phone repertoire when reading Swedish sentences with embedded English names and words. As a result of the observations, the phone set of a Swedish concatenative synthesizer is extended, and it is shown (by example) that this produces more natural-sounding synthetic speech.

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1998. Vol. 7, p. 2831-2834, article id 514
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-135114OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-135114DiVA, id: diva2:1079615
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5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, 30th November - 4th December, 1998, Sydney, Australia
Available from: 2017-03-09 Created: 2017-03-09 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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