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ROBERT MANNELL - RESEARCH PAGES

MU-Talk Text-to-Speech System

The MU-Talk project is a very long-term project that has evolved from original speech synthesis and text-to-speech (TTS) projects by John Clark which commenced in the 1970's. Various aspects of this project have been carried out under both industrial funding and competitive research funding. This is an on-going project involving software development, database development, research into processing methodologies and testing. Many aspects of MU-Talk are currently under development. Apects of this development overlap with other projects including:-

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Project Status

Progress on the MU-Talk system has been slow between 2001 and 2008 because of a major focus on other projects. A increased attention to the MU-Talk and related projects is planned for late 2009.

Relevant Papers

Mannell R.H. (2002), "Modelling of the segmental and prosodic aspects of speech intensity in synthetic speech", Proceedings of the Ninth Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Melbourne, December 2002.

Mannell R.H. (1998), "Formant diphone parameter extraction utilising a labelled single speaker database", Proceedings of the International Conference on Spoken Language Processing 1998, Sydney, Australia, 30 November - 3 December 1998.

Mannell R.H., & Clark J.E., (1987) "Text-to-speech rule and dictionary development", Speech Communication 6, 1987, pp 317- 324.

Mannell R.H., & Clark J.E., (1986) "Text-to-speech rule and dictionary development", Proceedings of the First Australian Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Canberra, Nov. 1986. pp 14-19

Mannell R.H., (1986) "Australian English and the Votrax SC-02 Chip", Proceedings of the First Australian Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Canberra, Nov. 1986. pp 260-265

Clark J.E., Summerfield C.D. & Mannell R.H., (1986) "A high performance digital hardware synthesiser", Proceedings of the First Australian Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Canberra, Nov. 1986. pp 342-347

Mannell R.H., Ostry D., & Clark J.E., (1985) "Channel vocoder performance", Working Papers, 1985, Speech Hearing and Language Research Centre, Macquarie University.