Paper Information

Journal:   NASHRIYYAH-I MUHANDESI-I BARQ VA MUHANDESI-I KAMPYUTAR-I IRAN (PERSIAN)   SUMMER 2010 , Volume 8 , Number 2; Page(s) 85 To 96.
 
Paper: 

DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A TEXT TO SPEECH SYSTEM FOR KURDISH LANGUAGE WITH IT'S QUALITY ASSESSMENT

 
 
Author(s):  BARKHODA W.*, BAHRAMPOUR ANVAR, AKHLAGHIAN F., FILI H.
 
* FACULTY OF ENG., UNIVERSITY OF KURDISTAN, PASDARAN, SANANDAJ, I.R. IRAN
 
Abstract: 

In this paper the first text to speech system for Kurdish language has been introduced. Kurdish language has two standard scripts, Arabic and Latin. In the text analysis part besides treating common problems in various Kurdish texts, the problems involved in both standard scripts have been dealt with. Also, standard symbols have been introduced into which the system converts the input texts in each of the two scripts. For the first time for Kurdish language, intonation patterns for various sentence types have been determined. In the speech production part, three different synthesis systems based on allophone, syllable, and diaphone have been implemented. For quality assessment of the above mentioned systems and their comparison with each other, the four tests of MOS, Intelligibility, DRT, and MRT have been used. The test results show the high intelligibility of our systems, especially the system based on diaphone.

 
Keyword(s): INTONATION ANALYSIS, DIPHONE, KURDISH LANGUAGE, TEXT TO SPEECH, CONCATENATIVE SYNTHESIS, SYLLABLE, ALLOPHONE
 
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