French Ears

Mark Schonewille m.schonewille at
Wed Dec 14 18:37:49 EST 2011

Hi Francis,

Most speech engines, including Apple's, allow for accents (emphasis). They are just hard to implement and cause extra work for the user.

Best regards,

Mark Schonewille

Economy-x-Talk Consulting and Software Engineering
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On 15 dec 2011, at 00:29, Francis Nugent Dixon wrote:

> Hi from Beautiful Brittany.
> Michael wrote :
>> I'm not interested in the translations, just the quality of the French accent.
> Michael, it's the best French speech I have ever heard (I have 45 years of
> French, in France, under my belt !)
> However, computer speech is monotonous (great difficulty in placing tonic
> accents).
> I think the weather will change tomorrow
> i THINK the weather will change tomorrow
> i think the WEATHER will change tomorrow
> i think the weather will CHANGE tomorrow
> i think the weather will change TOMORROW
> Same sentence - at least five ways of saying it !
> And this is just the tonic accent in a complete word. When you have a
> multi-syllable word, placement of the tonic accent is capital.
> Take any three or four syllable word and say it with the tonic accent
> in the wrong place. Odds are that even an Englishman would say ......
> "I beg your pardon" !
> Although tonic accents are far less important to French speech, they do exist !
> However, forgetting the tonic accent, the FRENCH accent on this site is damned good !
> -Francis
> "Nothing should ever be done for the first time !"

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