text to speech pronunciation

Frank D. Engel, Jr. fde101 at fjrhome.net
Mon Jan 10 13:58:05 EST 2005

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sounds like "weep" to me.

Wah...  ;-)

On Jan 10, 2005, at 1:52 PM, Timothy Miller wrote:

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>> Try "waap" for "wap".
> Thanks a bunch.
> Does "waep" produce a hard, short "a", as in "bat"? I think it's 
> supposed to, but it doesn't work in OS 9 in simpleText or hyperCard
>> Rev has a command revSpeak, so the above in Dreamcard would be:
>> revSpeak "waap"
> Cool.
>> 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..."
> From Apple's docs:
> Like all other phonemes, the "silence" phoneme (%) and the "breath 
> intake" phoneme (@) can be lengthened or shortened using the > and < 
> symbols. The prosodic control symbols (/, \, <, and >) can be 
> concatenated to provide exaggerated or cumulative effects.
> Also...
> To indicate that the Speech Manager should revert to textual 
> interpretation of a text buffer, embed the [[inpt TEXT]] command. For 
> example, passing the string
> Hello, I am [[inpt PHON]]mAYkAXl[[inpt TEXT]], the talking
> computer.
> to SpeakString, SpeakText, or SpeakBuffer would result in the 
> generation of the sentence, "Hello, I am Michael, the talking 
> computer."
> Some, but not all, speech synthesizers allow you to embed a command 
> that causes the Speech Manager to interpret a buffer of text as a 
> series of allophones.
> Also...
> &	(ampersand)	Forces no addition of silence between phonemes	No 
> additional effect
> :	(colon)	End of clause, no change in pitch	Short pause follows
> ,	(comma)	Continuation rise in pitch	Short pause follows
> ...	(ellipsis)	End of clause, no change in pitch	Pause follows
> !	(exclam)	End-of-sentence sharp fall in pitch	Pause follows
> -	(hyphen)	End of clause, no change in pitch	Short pause follows
> (	(parenleft)	Start reduced pitch range	Short pause precedes
> There's more, but you get the idea.
> I might have gotten the syntax wrong with the percent sign. Did Rev OS 
> X pronounce "My name is Michael, the talking computer," correctly? Is 
> it possible the other symbols worked correctly, now that you know what 
> they are supposed to do?
> The ancient computer in my wife's classroom will handle OS 9, maximum, 
> if that. Would someone try the same text with the OS 9 version of Rev, 
> and Macintalk Pro, please?
> Meanwhile, if I'm getting the syntax wrong and there is a way to make 
> these pronunciation modifiers to work properly in HC, I'd like to know 
> about it.
> I don't mean to be lazy. I'll try it myself in my copy of DreamCard, 
> but it's still unfamiliar.
> Best regards, thanks in advance, etc.,
> Tim Miller
>> On Jan 10, 2005, at 11:25 AM, Timothy Miller wrote:
> --snip--
>>>  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?
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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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