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case-sensitivity & sentence structure

From: Nick Levinson <nick_levinson@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 15:24:01 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <984906.39741.qm@web33507.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
To: www-voice@w3.org
Presumably, most TTS software knows that sentences begin with capital letters and standardizes pronunciations accordingly, probably by applying the pronunciation that applies to an all-lower-case form plus the slight emphasis that announces the start of a sentence.

However, a few words must be spelled in all lower case even at the beginnings of sentences, such as the names of most Linux program and a few authors (bell hooks and e.e. cummings). E.g.:

vi is a text editor. bell hooks probably didn't use it.

Other personal names begin in lower case even at the beginning of a sentence. E.g.:

deGraffenried is a jolly camper.

But a period may not signify the end of a prior sentence. E.g.:

We're glad that Ms. bell hooks is a prolific writer.

Contra:
Watch your Ns and Ms. bell hooks is a fastidious writer.

Various sentence structures, including multiple-sentence structures, have to be recognized, in PLS 1.0, <http://www.w3.org/TR/pronunciation-lexicon/>.

Thank you.

-- 
Nick


      
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