Unfortunately, from what I can tell all of the Scansoft lexicon
dictionaries are binary data files that can't be edited with a text
editor the way the Cepstral voices can. That's too bad as I'd dearly
love to make a few lexicon changes in Daniel and Karen to say things the
American way. For example, in most English speaking countries z is said
zed instead of zee, and the non-American voices keep this tridition
which drives me slightly crazy. Other words like schedule is spoken like
shedule instead of skedule which again sounds off to my ears. I know
that is exactly the way it is done in the U.K. and Australia, but these
miner differences between American English and British or Australian
English is none-the-less noticable.
Well Tom, if you knew where I could find such a dictionary for
scansoft daniel I'd appreciate knowing, ---- sinse that's the voice I
use for all sapi things, and it seems far worse at missspeaking
abbreviations than any other voice I've heard, ---- which is a shame,
sinse I like it's actual speech quality a lot.
I know where to find the dictionaries for both Sam, (hal's synth
interface), and orphius itself, ---- though I've very rarely had to
use them sinse both have good standard pronunciation, ---- sam's
dictionary is even loaded with nice bits of trivia, so by default it
pronounces some names like hermione properly.
i have no idea where either Sapi's or daniels dictionaries are though,
---- even if they exist.
I don't know why Scansoft (and probably other synth manufacturers by
the sound of it), load them down with so many pre-defined acronyms,
---- sinse their something which is so very variable!
The only ones which seem reasonable to me are mr. and mrs, ---- and
even then, I've played a fair few rp games that use mr as melee rating.
Then, there are the times that you don't actually want an acronym
spoken at all sinse everyone just uses it in the short form.
For example, take the designation hms used for British navy ships.
Yes, it officially stands for her magisty's, ---- but nobody in
England (or indeed anywhere else), would actually refer to a ship as
something like the Her magisty's victory.
Beware the grue!
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