text to speech pronunciation

Frank D. Engel, Jr. fde101 at fjrhome.net
Mon Jan 10 12:30:34 EST 2005


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Try "waap" for "wap".

Rev has a command revSpeak, so the above in Dreamcard would be:

revSpeak "waap"


As for the text you provided, it seems to work (at least under OS X), 
although I'm not sure what all of it is supposed to do; except that the 
'%' sign is named - it says "I like percent chocolate..."

The same effect that I get from Rev seems to happen in TextEdit as 
well, so I suspect that Rev will support anything Apple's speech 
synthesis software will support.  Whatever '%' was supposed to do, 
apparently it doesn't work anywhere.


On Jan 10, 2005, at 11:25 AM, Timothy Miller wrote:

> Hi,
>
> This is actually a question about DreamCard for OS 9... I asked about 
> this on the HC list too. Sorry about the duplication.
>
> I'm revising an old HC stack I wrote for my wife to help her 
> elementary school students practice phonics. She has an elderly 
> macintosh in her classroom, which could be dedicated to this use, so 
> HC is perfect, really.  The stack presents nonsense syllables, mostly. 
> It shuffles different word beginnings to the same word endings, vice 
> versa, etc.
>
> Maybe I can upgrade the ancient machine to the point that a DreamCard 
> standalone would run on it.
>
> I'm trying to use the saytext external for HC to get the computer to 
> pronounce the nonsense syllables. It's pretty good most of the time, 
> but some nonsense syllables get mispronounced. For example, "wap" gets 
> mispronounced as "wop" (No slurs against Italians intended.)
>
> I've tried modifying the text that gets passed to sayText, with little 
> luck. According to Apple, macinTalk pronunciation can be altered by a 
> long list of modifiers.
>
> The commas here do produce pauses.
> 	wap, woop,, wap,,, whap,,, wopper
>
> This works
> 	chocolate cake
>
> The de-emphasis code here works:
> 	chocolate [[emph - ]] cake
>
> None of the following work, though. The symbols either get ignored or 
> pronounced literally.
>
> I like % choc=o=late @ cake
> I like chocolate [[/ ]] cake
> I like chocolate [[/]] cake
> I like chocolate / cake
> Hello, I am [[inpt PHON]]mAYkAXl[[inpt TEXT]], the talking
> computer.
>
> As far as I can tell, I reached the limits of what the sayText 
> external can do. Apparently, it only passess a small subset of all 
> possible pronunciation modifiers to macinTalk.
>
> How about DreamCard. I assume it has some text to speech ability. 
> (true?) Does it allow more pronunciation modifiers than HyperCard?
>
> Thanks,
>
>
> Tim
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Frank D. Engel, Jr.  <fde101 at fjrhome.net>

$ ln -s /usr/share/kjvbible /usr/manual
$ true | cat /usr/manual | grep "John 3:16"
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life.
$
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