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Arabtalk, an implementation for Arabic TTS

Abdulhalim, Yasser Hifny and Qurany, Shady and Hamid , Salah and Rashwan, Muhsen and Atiyya, Muhammad and Ahmed Mahmoud, Ahmed Ragheb and Khallaaf, Galaal (2011) Arabtalk, an implementation for Arabic TTS. European Languages Resources Association, 9 (1). pp. 3-10. ISSN 1026-8200

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Abstract

This paper describes the ARABTALK® Text-To-Speech (TTS) synthesis system, developed at RDI , for Arabic language. ARABTALK® is a state-of-the-art corpus based concatenative TTS system. The system employs Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) statistical prosody based models for duration, energy, and global pitch contour prediction. In addition, it has a real time synthesis by selection algorithm to explore large speech corpus. ARABTALK® has a hidden Markov models (HMMs) based procedure to automatically time-align new voices transcriptions to their acoustic phoneme boundaries. In this framework, a mature phonology framework has been developed and many perfect rule based models were utilized in the process of letter to sound conversion. The system is multi-user and safe-threaded enabled for server based applications. This research aims to advance the process of developing high quality Arabic TTS synthesis, which yields natural and human sounding Arabic voices.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6730/22811
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic > PJ6001 Arabic > PJ6073 Language > PJ6701 Modern Arabic dialects
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Arabic Language and Literature
Depositing User: Ahmed Ragheb Ahmed
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2013 15:09
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2013 15:09
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/22811

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