Angelastic wrote:Did you know that Mac speech synthesis pronounces a single letter repeating with whitespace between the individual letters […] as only three of that letter, no matter how many there actually are? …
Yes, I noticed something similar: long strings of letters without spaces also get treated that way. Some examples from the OTT (pardon my excessive use of profanities):
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yaay _y1UX _1EY.
This wierdness did not exist in the 1980's when the Mac speech synthesiser software was still pretty new. There was a cool hack called "The Talking Moose" that would pop up and make inane quips while you work. It also allows you to convert text to phonemes and to audible speech. You can try it out, here.
Converting text to phonemes in Mac OS 7.5.3
The phoneme codes in the late 1980's
How variable numbers of vowels were handled.
The phonemes haven't changed much, nor the basic capabilities and how it is accessed. This makes Speech Manager one of the few things that has continuity over the 30+ year history of the Mac.
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