Bell Labs Web site turns multilingual text into speech By Linda Leung Bell Labs can turn typed text in nine languages into speech for visitors to its ground breaking Text-to-speech Web site (www.bell-labs.com/project/tts/).
Visitors can sample speech in up to nine different languages, as well as visit a demonstration area where they can synthesise English, German and Mandarin Chinese sentences using male, female, and child intonations. The system converts written text to speech through linguistic analysis, modelling of verse forms, and speech synthesis.
Joe Olive, head of language modelling research at Bell Labs, said: ?The applications for text-to-speech voice synthesis are various, and growing, and they include email readers, voice response systems, and automatic order verification systems.?
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