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Text Normalization and Diphone Preparation for Bangla Speech Synthesis

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Executive Summary

This paper presents methodologies involved in text normalization and diphone preparation for Bangla Text to Speech (TTS) synthesis. A Concatenation based TTS system comprises basically two modules-one is natural language processing and the other is Digital Signal Processing (DSP). Natural language processing deals with converting text to its pronounceable form, called Text Normalization and the diphone selection method based on the normalized text is called Grapheme to Phoneme (G2P) conversion. Text normalization issues addressed in this paper include tokenization, conjuncts, null modified characters, numerical words, abbreviations and acronyms.

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