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Development of a programmable time-domain speech-synthesis system

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dc.contributor.author van der Walt, Karel Nicolaas
dc.contributor.other Bloemfontein: Central University of Technology, Free State
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-10T08:10:36Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-10T08:10:36Z
dc.date.issued 1995
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/934
dc.description Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract SPEECH-SYNTHESIS - the artificial generation of that series of sounds known as 'speech' - has advanced beyond the novelty stage to become a real alternative to the simple audible and visible indicators and displays common to so much of modern society. There is very little that can be done with a light or buzzer that can't be done better with a 'spoken' word. 'Toys' such as Texas Instruments Speak and Spell have been recognized as effective learning tools. Through the electronic mouths of those machines, children are exposed to new words in an exciting and interactive way. Talking calculators (Williams, 1994: 67) and timepieces have expanded the horizons of the blind. Pilots and drivers are relieved of the need to watch their meters and gauges continuously as alarms can be given with instructions as to what actions should be taken. Speechsynthesis devices are finding a myriad of uses in communications, appliances, automotive applications, clocks, instrumentation, language translators etc. (Savon, 1982: 62). Despite the obvious advantages speech-synthesis provide, many systems are limited in their application possibilities due to one or more of the following disadvantages: • expensive • inflexible • difficult to program • limited to an Anglo-Saxon language • resultant speech is unnatural and 'mechanical' in nature • speech synthesizer is difficult to control and require a microprocessor . a thorough phonetic knowledge is a prerequisite for programming the system en_US
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dc.publisher Bloemfontein: Central University of Technology, Free State
dc.subject Speech synthesis en_US
dc.subject Automatic speech recognition en_US
dc.title Development of a programmable time-domain speech-synthesis system en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.rights.holder Central University of Technology, Free State

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