Early Experiments on Prosody in Synthetic Speech


Synthetic speech needs prosody to get the right structure and to sound natural. Therefore, the emerging speech technology pushed the development of prosody models. Today, prosody research is well established with an own conference series, and powerful tools are available for investigating prosodic effects. The 80th birthday ofthe pioneer of quantitative prosody modeling, Professor Hiroya Fujisaki, is an excellent occasion to look at the situation in earlier times of speech technology. The authors give an outline using mainly the material which is available from the history in Dresden and Berlin. The oral presentation will be accompanied by numerous historic audio examples.

Year: 2010
In session: Session in Honor of Hiroya Fujisaki
Pages: 23 to 28