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FYI: Epos speech system, Cascadilla Press Sale


Author: Petr Horak

FYI Body: We would like to announce Epos, a language independent TTS system
primarily designed to serve as a research tool. Epos is available for
download under the General Public License at http://epos.ure.cas.cz/
including documentation and the full source code.

The present version includes configuration files for Czech and Slovak
languages only, but we are planning to support some other languages in
a medium-distant future using the MBROLA speech synthesizer, and we
shall be glad to provide the necessary support for preparing a
rule-driven configuration for other languages, or a speech segmen
inventory compatible with one of our synthesizers.

In theory, Epos can be compiled using any C++ compiler (e.g. a
reasonably recent version of GNU C++, MS Visual C++, Watcom C++, or
Borland C++ Builder), and should run on most UNIX-like operating
systems and Windows NT (the NT port is somewhat less stable due to
still inadequate testing). Epos speaks using the /dev/dsp device on
UNIX platforms, and it generates Microsoft RIFF wave files (.wav)
under Windows NT. Its hardware requirements are modest.

You can send any additional questions or bug reports to the Epos
developer mailing list: epos@braille.mff.cuni.cz or have a look at the
documentation at http://epos.ure.cas.cz/epos.html

The Epos team




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