Paper: A Parser For Real-Time Speech Synthesis Of Conversational Texts

ACL ID A92-1004
Title A Parser For Real-Time Speech Synthesis Of Conversational Texts
Venue Applied Natural Language Processing Conference
Session Main Conference
Year 1992
Authors

In this paper, we concern ourselves with an applica- tion of text-to-speech for speech-impaired, deaf, and hard of hearing people. The application is unusual because it requires real-time synthesis of unedited, spontaneously generated conversational texts transmitted via a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD). We describe a parser that we have implemented as a front end for a version of the Bell Laboratories text-to-speech synthesizer (Olive and Liberman 1985). The parser prepares TDD texts for synthesis by (a) performing lexical regularization of abbreviations and some non-standard forms, and (b) identifying prosodic phrase boundaries. Rules for identifying phrase boundaries are derived from the prosodic phrase grammar described in Bachenko and Fitzpatrick (1990). Following the pa...