Rule-based prosody prediction for German text-to-speech synthesis

Stephanie Becker, Marc Schröder, William J. Barry

In: Proc. Speech Prosody 2006. International Conference on Speech Prosody (Speech Prosody) Dresden, Germany 2006.


This paper presents two empirical studies that examine the influence of different linguistic aspects on prosody in German. First, we analysed a German corpus with respect to the effect of syntax and information status on prosody. Second, we conducted a listening test which investigated the prosodic realisation of constituents in the German "Vorfeld" depending on their information status. The results were used to improve the prosody prediction in the German text-to-speech synthesis system MARY.

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