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This paper describes our work on developing corpora of three varieties of Viennese for unit selection speech synthesis. The synthetic voices for Viennese varieties, implemented with the open domain unit selection speech synthesis engine Multisyn of Festival will also be released within Festival. The paper especially focuses on two questions: how we selected(More)
Ten postlingually deafened patients (5 male, 5 female) were examined after cochlear implantation to measure improvements in their quality of speech. Parameters such as the spectral maximum of fricatives and the duration of utterances were analysed in speech recordings taken at regular intervals after implantation. The speech samples were recorded in an(More)
Standard Austrian German, which distinguishes eight front vowels, exploits two front constriction locations for distinguishing these vowels, a pre-palatal and a palatal one. However, the pre-palatal location is acoustically unstable, and, consequently, phonologically undesirable. The existence of a sound change which neutralizes the /i/ and /ɪ/ vowels in a(More)
Morphonotactic consonant clusters originate through morphological operations and are mostly combinations of consonants across morpheme boundaries. As they are processed faster and acquired earlier than phonotactic clusters, it is hypothesised that in speech production, morphonotactic clusters are more robust and highlighted than phonotactic clusters. The(More)
A comparison of alveolar and velarized lateral realizations in two language varieties, Albanian and the Viennese dialect, has been performed. Albanian distinguishes the two laterals phonemically, whereas in the Viennese dialect, the velarized lateral was introduced by language contact with Czech immigrants. A categorical distinction between the two lateral(More)
Both Standard Austrian German and the Austrian dialects are affected by an ongoing change which turns the diphthongs /D(/ and /$2/ into the monophthongs /(:/ and /2:/ respectively. However, this process shows different assimilation patterns according to the two main dialect regions in Austria: In the South Bavarian dialect region, the offset of the(More)
Language technology concerned with dialects is confronted with a situation where the target language variety is generally used in spoken form, and, due to a lack of standardisation initiatives, educational reinforcement and usage in printed media, written texts often follow an impromptu orthography, resulting in great variation of spelling. A standardised(More)