[bksvol-discuss] Re: A question re homonyms in context

  • From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 04:46:34 -0700

Curiouser and curiouser. Well, Cindy, I may have to take back my confident assurances to you about JAWS at least pronouncing the two 'invalids' correctly. Perhaps the best that can be said is that it may sometimes and sometimes it may not.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 2:07 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A question re homonyms in context



Dear Cindy,

Jaws has a time with homonyms. For, You will read a book, it says "You will red a book." not "You will reed a book. It's unpredictable. In
***
"The poor invalid has invalid insurance."


Jaws pronounced both words as for not valid.

***
but in

"An invalid with invalid insurance be ware."
It pronounced the homonyms differently and correctly.

"Having invalid insurance is bad for an invalid."
Was also pronounced correctly.

If you are an invalid and you have invalid insurance, go elsewhere."
Back to two not valids again.

An invalid invalid is a fake.
Another 2 not valids.

This isn't a homonym, but airadil, my e mail address should be pronounced air as in airplane, uh as in bug and dil as in dill pickle but jaws says a rattle. that sounds exactly like a babies rattle He even makes the d sound for the two teez as we do in casual speech as in raddle.

I'm inordinately fond of Jaws and consider his quirky pronunciation part of his personality and charm. He's read more to me than any other single voice except my mother's. She read to us practically every day of our lives from infancy until adolescence changed our priorities. .

Always with love,

Lissi
"My story is finally out there in the ether, a self-sufficient organism beyond my control, changing shape in every new mind that absorbs it."
From The Night Listener, a novel by
Armistead Maupin


----- Original Message ----- From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 4:23 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] A question re homonyms in context



In the book I'm almost finished validating, there is a
play on words--invalid, meaning sick person, and
invalid, i.e., in val id, meaning not valid. The
latter word is discussed, its meanings--but I'm
curious--how does speech, i.e., the Daisy reader or
whatever, distinguish pronunciations between homonyms
in texts. In this case, in val id is italicized. Will
the speech reader chnage the pronunciation from
invalid to in val id because of that? Of will it
pronounce both words the same and the reader will get
the difference from the explanation that is given.  In
other similar cases, does the speech reader read both
words however the first one happens to be pronounced?

Just curious.

Cindy

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