Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: Springer; 1997 edition (October 31, 1997)
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This work is an excellent overview of the Bell Labs approach to Text-to-Speech synthesis covering many languages. Certain to be a long-term influential work, as it clearly discusses each aspect of the multilingual system and the weighted finite state transduction (WFST) methods that make up the coherent approach. Topics include text analysis, prosodic modeling, WFSTs, system architecture, and acoustic realization issues.
This is an excellent survey of the AT&T/Bell Labs TTS methods, particularily the WFST techniques. I am surprised, however, that little discussion is devoted to *stochastic* methods. For example, the sentence, "The deer was rotting on Ridgedale Dr.", might have the "Dr." expanded to "Doctor" and not "Drive" by the application of a trigram language model trained on a text corpus rather than the "ad hoc" application of hand-crafted rules (whether implemented as WFST's or not).
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