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In man-machine communication, speech synthesis forms an important part. However, at present, speech synthesis systems are restricted to the synthesis of standard varieties. This restriction implies a strong limitation of possible application scenarios. Therefore, the synthesis of dialects and sociolects enables an important expansion. Based on our previous(More)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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