A bilingual speech design tool: Sesign2001

Masanobu Abe, Osamu Mizuno, Tsubasa Shinozaki, Hideyuki Mizuno, Shin'ya Nakajima

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We have been developing a series of Sesign (speech design tools), TTS systems with the special function of manipulating prosodic parameters via a GUI (Graphical User Interface). All are intended to help the user create speech messages in a trial- and-error manner. This paper reports the following three advances in Sesign. (1) To extend the scope of Sesign, we added an American English TTS system. (2) A markup language approach called MSCL (Multi-layered Speech Control Language) is used together with the GUI-based approach. (3) We performed field trials using speech messages created by Sesign. One of the most successful examples is the MyPartner service, which informs the user of up-to-date information; the sentences generated by Sesign are used in combination with TTS output.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event4th ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Speech Synthesis, SSW 2001 - Perthshire, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 29 2001Sept 1 2001


Conference4th ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Speech Synthesis, SSW 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cultural Studies


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