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Old October 31st, 2011, 02:47 PM
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Default Alien Speech Synthesis on the Mac

This is kinda fun. On the Mac, you can use a menu command in TextEdit to speak text (among other ways). I discovered that you can command the speech synthesizer to use phonemes.

So I pulled out Alien Module 1 and tried a couple of Aslan words:

Uealikhe (carbine)

[[inpt PHON]]UWEHAAlIHkEH[[inpt TEXT]]

Eakhyasear (hunter's rifle)

[[inpt PHON]]EHAAkhyAAsEHAAr[[inpt TEXT]]

Copy each line of phonetic text and paste it into TextEdit and try it. You can play around with other voices, and even download voices for foreign languages, but I couldn't find phonetic rules for foreign languages. I think this is pretty good by itself.

So it might be fun to write a program to generate alien words (easy enough) and have it convert the words to phonemes and speak them.
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