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Unifying Speech Resources for Tone Languages: A Computational Perspective

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In this paper, the authors propose a computational approach to unifying speech resources for tone languages. The paper proceeds in three folds: it provides background and tutorial on one of the speech resources (the Ibibio speech synthesizer), discussing the synthesis development phases based on working experience using the Festival Text-To-Speech (TTS) system, it suggests ways of sustaining the synthesis development with perspective and infrastructural solution that will not only make the synthesizer more intelligible but also easily replicable for other tone languages and it introduces the archiving of a new language resource (the talking Medefaidrin Web dictionary).

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