[Wikipedia-l] Re: Conference report from South Africa
timwi at gmx.net
Tue Apr 26 15:01:54 UTC 2005
Mark Williamson wrote:
> Timwi, if you doubt the accent problem is a real one, you clearly have
> not heard many different accents in your life.
Firstly, you are not exactly helping your credibility by asserting to
know more about my own experiences than I do.
Secondly, what is stopping speakers of various accents from speaking
various articles? Just because an article has already been spoken by a
Brit, doesn't exactly make it impossible for a Singaporean to contribute
*their* version too, if they think the Brit is oh so incomprehensible.
Lastly, you are *definitely* not helping your credibility by asserting
that an automated text-to-speech system would universally be better
received than natural recordings! I can easily understand a wide range
of English accents when they are spoken slowly, but I am afraid that
text-to-speech systems are just painful to listen to.
I therefore highly recommend to fall back to automated text-to-speech
only when a natural recording is not available.
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