Method and system for customizing voice translation of text to speech

  • US 7,483,832 B2
  • Filed: 12/10/2001
  • Issued: 01/27/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/10/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method, comprising:

  • receiving text content for translation to speech;

    correlating the text content to textual phrases of multiple words;

    converting each textual phrase into a corresponding string of phonemes;

    retrieving a phoneme identifier that uniquely represents each phoneme in the string of phonemes;

    concatenating each phoneme identifier of each phoneme in the string of phonemes to produce a sequence of phoneme identifiers with each phoneme identifier separated by a comma;

    creating a corresponding sequence of phoneme identifiers for each string of phonemes that corresponds to each textual phase in the text content;

    concatenating each sequence of phoneme identifiers and separating each sequence of phone identifiers by a semi-colon;

    accessing a voice file storing recorded phrases in a speaker'"'"'s voice;

    mapping each sequence of phoneme identifiers to a corresponding recorded phrase found in the speaker'"'"'s voice file;

    retrieving the recorded phrase from the voice file that corresponds to each sequence of phoneme identifiers from the text content;

    concatenating together the recorded phrases from the speaker'"'"'s voice file to form a sequence of the recorded phrases as a speech translation of the text content; and

    outputting the speech translation as a translation of the text content to speech.

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