Spraakmaker is a text-to-speech system with a flexible underlying framework, Speech Maker. The kernel of this framework is a multi-level, synchronized data structure, called the grid, in which almost all linguistic data obtained in the process of deriving speech from text are stored. This data structure has been implemented to improve both the transparency and the flexibility of the text-to-speech system. Around the grid a user interface is built, which enables the user to control the system and to inspect and manipulate the grid at strategic points during the derivation. Spraakmaker is a specific implementation for the Dutch language which comprises eight major linguistic modules, most of were developed in the ASSP program. Most of the derivational history can be retraced, in the way thes’~ modules operate on the grid.
|Title of host publication||Analysis and synthesis of speech. Strategic research towards high-quality text-to-speech generation|
|Editors||V.J. Heuven, van, L.C.W. Pols|
|Place of Publication||Berlin, New York|
|Publisher||Mouton de Gruyter|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
Leeuwen, van, H. C., & Lindert, te, E. (1993). Speech maker : a flexible framework for constructing text-to-speech systems. In V. J. Heuven, van, & L. C. W. Pols (Eds.), Analysis and synthesis of speech. Strategic research towards high-quality text-to-speech generation (pp. 317-338). (Speech research; Vol. 11). Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.