LINGUIST List 16.717

Thu Mar 10 2005

Qs: African Lang Near Amazon;Multiling TTS Synthesis

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        1.    Stan Anonby, African Language Near the Amazon
        2.    Zoe Handley, Multilingual TTS Synthesis

Message 1: African Language Near the Amazon

Date: 09-Mar-2005
From: Stan Anonby <>
Subject: African Language Near the Amazon

I have been told there is an African language, possibly a creole, spoken
north of Orixamina, on near the Amazon River, in Para, Brazil. Does anyone
have any knowledge of this?

Stan Anonby

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Message 2: Multilingual TTS Synthesis

Date: 07-Mar-2005
From: Zoe Handley <>
Subject: Multilingual TTS Synthesis


I am currenlty looking into the use of TTS synthesis in the teaching of
French as a foreign language. From my research I would also like to be
able to draw some conclusions about the suitability of TTS synthesis for
the teaching of other languages. I am therefore interested in your views
and any references you have on whether some languages are easier to
synthesise than others and which techniques are most suited to the
synthesis of which languages?

Thanks for your help. I will post a summary of any responses that I get.
Kind regards,

Zoe Handley

Doctoral Student
School of Informatics
University of Manchester

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Writing Systems

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