Structures temporelles et structures prosodiques en français lu
(Temporal and prosodic structures in French reading)
1996, Vol. I-1, pp. 7-23
Although the prosodic component has been integrated in speech synthesis systems for many years, one temporal dimension, namely fluency of speech, has much less been considered. Fluent speech is characterized by easy verbal production, smooth onsets and transitions, and an adequate speech rate. It will be argued that for French, the current lack of fluency in speech synthesis can be explained by the fact that temporal structuring is inadequate for achieving this, as this structure is considered to be congruent with the accent structure. In this article a new approach of temporal organisation will be presented.