Cralinet-text-to-speech system providing natural voice responses to customers

Kazunori Mano, Hideyuki Mizuno, Hideharu Nakajima, Noboru Miyazaki, Akihiro Yoshida

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We have developed a text-to-speech synthesis system called "Cralinet" that generates very naturalsounding voices that can be used by various voice response services. This article describes effective instances of voice response services at a contact center and explains a statistical technique for estimating the accents of personal names and an improved technique for generating correct intonations based on statistical intonation evaluation as fundamental techniques of speech synthesis for contact centers. Finally, the future prospects of speech synthesis technology are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalNTT Technical Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Mano, K., Mizuno, H., Nakajima, H., Miyazaki, N., & Yoshida, A. (2007). Cralinet-text-to-speech system providing natural voice responses to customers. NTT Technical Review, 5(1), 28-33.