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10.7: Automator Services for multi-language speech
Authored by: scottbayes on Aug 10, '11 12:32:19PM

Wow! To me, this is absolutely astounding.

(I had written an involved discussion of Japanese pronunciation, but it's not appropriate here. Suffice it to say that the Japanese voice Kyoko appears to trigger the speech engine to do some reasonably deep analysis of sentence structure and "kanji" character combinations, and chooses mostly correct "readings", not an easy task in Japanese. This may be done by some internet service, though I don't know of such a service).

My wife listened to the Japanese voice Kyoko speaking some text from a Japanese website, and though it had some errors (even I caught some of them), she was pretty impressed at how much it got right, given the fact Japanese requires alternate readings of the same character, depending on context and sentence structure.

All this is hiding behind Apple's simple statement "VoiceOver in OS X Lion includes built-in voices that speak 22 languages…"

I wonder how well it does for other non-Indo-European languages.

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