Customizing Microsoft's TTS Engine's Pronunciations

  • From: "Kane Brolin" <kbrolin65@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "JFW Mailing List" <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:32:00 -0400

Sorry for the somewhat off-topic nature of this question.  But it
deals with Microsoft's TTS engine; and while this question arose when
I was dealing with a portable MP3 player, it probably could apply to
Narrator.  I first posted this to the Rockbox list but have received
no response.

I've noticed that after using Voicebox+ (with Microsoft's
Text-to-Speech Engine) to create .Talk clips with file and directory
names for my iPod, some file names are not spoken exactly as I would
like them.  For instance, the word LG (as in the cellular phone brand)
is pronounced "large," regardless of which Microsoft TTS voice I pick
in the Windows Control Panel.

Is there any way of customizing the speech engine so that it
pronounces certain things in a preferred way, such as what one can do
with JAWS by altering the DEFAULT.JDF dictionary file?

Thanks a lot for any ideas.

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