LINGUIST List 8.563

Mon Apr 21 1997

FYI: Bell Labs Addition

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  1. Richard Sproat, New Addition to the Bell Labs Text-to-Speech Page

Message 1: New Addition to the Bell Labs Text-to-Speech Page

Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 14:45:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: Richard Sproat <>
Subject: New Addition to the Bell Labs Text-to-Speech Page

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our text-to-speech
(TTS) website, namely a page containing demos of TTS work done by
summer students at Bell Labs.

The address is:

(The address for the main TTS page is

The page contains some samples of the Navajo system done by Bob
Whitman during the summer of 1993; and an interactive demo of the
Romanian TTS system done by Karen Livescu during the summer of 1995.

We expect to be able to continue to host students interested in
working on such projects in the summers to come. We would be
particularly interested in hosting students who are native, or
near-native speakers of languages for which we have not previously
done TTS work (i.e., most of the world's languages); and who have a
background in linguistics, computational linguistics or relevant areas
of engineering. Relevant computational experience --- some ability to
program, and familiarity with Unix or Linux --- is also desirable.

Text-to-speech synthesis is a technology that presents a rich array of
challenges, and it requires one to understand a variety of areas
including acoustic phonetics, prosody, computational phonology,
computational morphology, and corpus-based linguistics --- to name
only a few. Working on a TTS system is thus a very good way to get
practical experience in several areas of computational speech and
language modeling. Anyone with the above-mentioned qualifications who
is interested in spending a summer working with us should feel free to
contact any member of our group. (Note that at this point it is too
late for 1997: a good time to think of applying is anywhere from
November through January for the following summer.)

For the Bell Labs Text-to-Speech group:

Richard Sproat

Richard Sproat
Language Modeling Research Department
Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies 	| tel (908) 582-5296
700 Mountain Avenue, Room 2d-451 	| fax (908) 582-3306
Murray Hill, NJ 07974, USA	 	|
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