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Teaching Oliver to breath

Chalk oliver smToday I am experimenting with a computerised reading voice to turn some of the highlighted text into sound. Let me introduce Oliver, the name of the voice that I am using. I like the way that he misreads some of the words, so I have to respell them in such a way that he reads them correctly; also how his pacing is completely wonky. What is missing is breath. I am placing hyphens all over the place just to give him the chance to catch his breath and pause between two words, rather than slurring them into some ungodly conglomerate. I am not surprised: just like any of the technologies that I use, each one has its own quirks and you end up doing pretty non-sensical things just to get something usable out in the end. Breath Oliver!

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  1. This is fascinating Simon. It is always amusing when sat navs completely mispronounce words of places and road names. It’s a constant reminder of the collision between the written word and the phonetic learning of language. An the duality of human and machine – which can emulate each other but never quite mimic.

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