Text-to-Speech Synthesis provides a complete, end-to-end account of the process of generating speech by computer. Giving an in-depth explanation of all aspects of current speech synthesis technology, it assumes no specialised prior knowledge. Introductory chapters on linguistics, phonetics, signal processing and speech signals lay the foundation, with subsequent material explaining how this knowledge is put to use in building practical systems that generate speech. Including coverage of the very latest techniques such as unit selection, hidden Markov model synthesis, and statistical text analysis, explanations of the more traditional techniques such as format synthesis and synthesis by rule are also provided. Weaving together the various strands of this multidisciplinary field, the book is designed for graduate students in electrical engineering, computer science, and linguistics. It is also an ideal reference for practitioners in the fields of human communication interaction and telephony.
• Accessible to both engineers and linguists • Comprehensive coverage of all areas and techniques • Up-to-date: covering the very latest techniques
1. Introduction; 2. Communication and language; 3. The text-to-speech problem; 4. Text segmentation and organisation; 5. Text decoding; 6. Prosody prediction from text; 7. Phonetics and phonology; 8. Pronunciation; 9. Synthesis of prosody; 10. Signals and filters; 11. Acoustic models of speech production; 12. Analysis of speech signals; 13. Synthesis techniques based on vocal tract models; 14. Synthesis by concatenation and signal processing modification; 15. Hidden Markov model synthesis; 16. Unit selection synthesis; 17. Further issues; 18. Conclusions.
'According to Taylor, 'in written language the author may take the liberty of explaining something in a complicated fashion knowing that the reader can go back and read this several times'. However, this is not true in the case of his book. Taylor so clearly presents the concepts, that re-reading is unnecessary.' Joao Luis G. Rosa, Computing Reviews