gender voice variants

Peter Constable petercon at
Thu Dec 20 05:18:05 CET 2012

You're describing scenarios that go beyond the intended scenarios I had in mind.


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From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael Everson
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:15 PM
To: ietflang IETF Languages Discussion
Subject: Re: gender voice variants

On 19 Dec 2012, at 19:21, "Broome, Karen" <Karen.Broome at> wrote:

> Maybe I'm missing your point, but are you saying that Czech and Portuguese aren't mainstream enough? In both languages, there are spoken and written variations between male and female speakers. This is not all that uncommon.

Once again: A man or male bot voice may read aloud a text in which a woman speaks and uses womanly grammar; a woman or female bot voice may read aloud a text in which a man speaks and uses manly grammar. 

The gender of the reader is independent of what the reader says. The reader may be speaking for himself or herself, or the reader may be reading a text written by an unknown other. 

Michael Everson *

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