Declarative Metrical Phonology and Speech Synthesis
An introduction to
LOT Lecture Notes, January 16-20, 1995, Tilburg
Institute for Perception Research/IPO
These pages describe IPOX, an experimental speech synthesis system, based in part on YorkTalk. YorkTalk and IPOX differ from main-stream speech synthesis systems such as DecTalk in that no use is made of rewriting rules. Instead, input strings are analyzed using declarative, constraint-based phrase
structure grammars. The representation thus obtained, a metrical-prosodic tree, is assigned a compositional phonetic interpretation in terms of paramaters for a formant synthesizer.
Samples of synthetic speech, generated by IPOX, are included as illustrations, as well as screen clips of the graphic representations displayed during analysis and generation.
Note: In order to play the speech samples, your Web browser must be able to handle 16-bit
.wav files sampled at 11025 Hz.
Application (British English)
The material presented here is co-authored by John Coleman (Oxford University). The research of the present author has been made possible by a fellowship of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Arthur Dirksen / firstname.lastname@example.org / January 1995