Phonetic decoding and concatentive speech synthesis

  • US 8,027,836 B2
  • Filed: 11/15/2007
  • Issued: 09/27/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/30/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A speech processing system for receiving speech data based on speech from a speaker during a conversation turn in a conversation session, said speech processing system comprising:

  • a phoneme recognition engine configured to convert the received speech data to an input string of acoustic data using at least one processor;

    a phoneme modification engine configured to change at least one item of acoustic data in said input string according to one or more rules to form at least one output string of acoustic data, wherein the one or more rules comprise a user rule associated with a user in the conversation session, and wherein the user is selected from the group consisting of the speaker and at least one listener; and

    a phoneme speech engine configured to convert the at least one output string of acoustic data to output speech data for output to the at least one listener.

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