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Re: TTS for Semitic languages

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 09:45:11 +0100 (BST)
To: Jeff Kusnitz <jk@us.ibm.com>
Cc: www-voice@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.53.0308080929000.1056@localhost.localdomain>

TTS engines are designed to automatically insert vowels to match
how an average human would speak the language, see e.g.


you can also try searching on "diacritizer" in google.

 Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>  W3C lead for voice and multimodal.
 http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett +44 1225 866240 (or 867351)

On Thu, 7 Aug 2003, Jeff Kusnitz wrote:

> I was discussing TTS for Semitic languages with the WAI group the other
> day, and we had some general questions that I was hoping people with
> experience in the area might have be able to offer some input.
> The questions center on experiences when rendering text with versus
> without vowels.  A human would most likely not have problems reading
> something written whether or not it contained any vowels (assuming the
> person spoke the language).  How does a TTS engine do though?  Is the
> output reasonable when no vowels are present in the input?  I'm not sure
> how to qualify reasonable - either "the output is understandable", or
> possibly something more quantitative, possibly "60% of the words are
> pronounced correctly".
> Thanks,
> Jeff
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