Paper: Focus And Accent In A Dutch Text-To-Speech System

ACL ID E89-1015
Title Focus And Accent In A Dutch Text-To-Speech System
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989

In this paper we discuss an algorithm for the assignment of pitch accent positions in text-to-speech conversion. The algorithm is closely modeled on current linoulstic accounts of accent placement, and assumes a surface syntactic analysis of the input. It comprises a small number of heuristic rules for determining which phrases of a sentence are to be focussed upon; the exact location of a pitch accent within a focussed phrase is determined m~inly on the basis of the syntactic relations holding between the elements of the phrase. A perceptual evaluation experiment showed that the algorithm proposed here leads to improved subjective speech quality as compared to a naive algorithm which accents all and only content words.