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Re: Maybe Why Speech Synthesisers Are So Difficult To Get Used To

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 06:38:16 -0800
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To: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>, "Will Pearson" <will-pearson@tiscali.co.uk>,<uvip@yahoogroups.com>, <wai-xtech@w3.org>

At 10:57 AM 12/28/2004, Al Gilman wrote:
>The speech is unnatural, but not under-performing

The old guy chimes in with anecdotal info:

After a comparatively brief learn-ramp, many (most/all?) of my blind pals 
much prefer synthesized speech for accessing information from a computer. 
They'd maybe rather hear a professional actor reading books of a certain 
persuasion to them but that's so much too slow for acquiring information 
other than the art of the prose/poetry situation that it's not even close. 
"Expression" just gets in the way at 600 wpm.

As to all the phonemicity interchanges: it's more like talking about the 
difference between "country" and "western" than about the difference 'twixt 
country/western and rock/roll. And of course the "jazz truth" transcends 
all that!

I'd rather hear from Janina about this than from me, but I couldn't stay out.


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