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Multilingual Speech Corpora for TTS System Development

  • Hsi-Chun Hsiao
  • Hsiu-Min Yu
  • Yih-Ru Wang
  • Sin-Horng Chen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4274)

Abstract

In this paper, four speech corpora collected in the Speech Lab of NCTU in recent years are discussed. They include a Mandarin tree-bank speech corpus, a Min-Nan speech corpus, a Hakka speech corpus, and a Chinese-English mixed speech corpus. Currently, they are used separately to develop a corpus-based Mandarin TTS system, a Min-Nan TTS system, a Hakka TTS system, and a Chinese-English bilingual TTS system. These systems will be integrated in the future to construct a multilingual TTS system covering the four primary languages used in Taiwan.

Keywords

English Word Chinese Character Automatic Speech Recognition Pitch Contour Pause Duration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hsi-Chun Hsiao
    • 2
  • Hsiu-Min Yu
    • 1
  • Yih-Ru Wang
    • 2
  • Sin-Horng Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Foreign LanguagesChung Hua UniversityHsinchu
  2. 2.Department of Communication EngineeringChiao Tung UniversityHsinchu

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