gender voice variants

Broome, Karen Karen.Broome at
Tue Dec 18 21:06:07 CET 2012

I think that bot would have problems if trying to do that with Czech. There *might* be no text change, but for languages where there are changes, this seems important.


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From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael Everson
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Subject: Re: gender voice variants

On 18 Dec 2012, at 16:30, Anthony Aristar <aristar at> wrote:

> Male/female versions of a language seem far more like dialects to me, since they are include, in most cases, differences in morphology and phonology.

But in this usage scenario there might be no text change whatsoever. Mac OS 10.8 allows me to change the gender and even accent of the bot who performs the text-to-speech function. But when Alex or Victoria reads out a text, he or she just reads it out. The text itself isn't changed.

Michael Everson *

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