Towards an unrestricted domain TTS system for African tone languages

Ekpenyong ME, Urua E-A, Gibbon D (2008)
International Journal of Speech Technology 11(2): 87-96.

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Ekpenyong, Moses E.; Urua, Eno-Abasi; Gibbon, DafyddUniBi
Abstract / Bemerkung
In this paper we discuss the procedural problems, issues and challenges involved in developing a generic speech synthesizer for African tone languages. We base our development methodology on the “MultiSyn” unit-selection approach, supported by Festival Text-To-Speech (TTS) Toolkit for Ibibio, a Lower Cross subgroup of the (New) Benue-Congo language family widely spoken in the southeastern region of Nigeria. We present in a chronological order, the several levels of infrastructural and linguistic problems as well as challenges identified in the Local Language Speech Technology Initiative (LLSTI) during the development process (from the corpus preparation and refinement stage to the integration and synthesis stage). We provide solutions to most of these challenges and point to possible outlook for further refinement. The evaluation of the initial prototype shows that the synthesis system will be useful to non-literate communities and a wide spectrum of applications.
Erscheinungsjahr
2008
Zeitschriftentitel
International Journal of Speech Technology
Band
11
Ausgabe
2
Seite(n)
87-96
ISSN
1381-2416
eISSN
1572-8110
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2955644

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Ekpenyong ME, Urua E-A, Gibbon D. Towards an unrestricted domain TTS system for African tone languages. International Journal of Speech Technology. 2008;11(2):87-96.
Ekpenyong, M. E., Urua, E. - A., & Gibbon, D. (2008). Towards an unrestricted domain TTS system for African tone languages. International Journal of Speech Technology, 11(2), 87-96. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10772-009-9037-5
Ekpenyong, M. E., Urua, E. - A., and Gibbon, D. (2008). Towards an unrestricted domain TTS system for African tone languages. International Journal of Speech Technology 11, 87-96.
Ekpenyong, M.E., Urua, E.-A., & Gibbon, D., 2008. Towards an unrestricted domain TTS system for African tone languages. International Journal of Speech Technology, 11(2), p 87-96.
M.E. Ekpenyong, E.-A. Urua, and D. Gibbon, “Towards an unrestricted domain TTS system for African tone languages”, International Journal of Speech Technology, vol. 11, 2008, pp. 87-96.
Ekpenyong, M.E., Urua, E.-A., Gibbon, D.: Towards an unrestricted domain TTS system for African tone languages. International Journal of Speech Technology. 11, 87-96 (2008).
Ekpenyong, Moses E., Urua, Eno-Abasi, and Gibbon, Dafydd. “Towards an unrestricted domain TTS system for African tone languages”. International Journal of Speech Technology 11.2 (2008): 87-96.

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