Can speakup pronounce February correctly?

Kerry Hoath kerry at
Mon Feb 4 08:16:34 EST 2002

In Canada and Australia and england we say "zed"
so speakup says zed. you have the source.
If you don't like the letter pronounciations go patch them and
recompile your kernel. 10 seconds work patching one array.
Regarding exception dictionaries, you have to pass every word through a function to check it against
the words in the dictionary and that eats up time and kernel memory.
Now the doubletalk has the ability to load a set of exceptions into the ram,
and I guess speakup could handle this; but I wonder how much
system overhead it would take to handle the dictionaries and would they have to be sorted and
indexable for reasonable performance? How do you propose to handle
the allocation of memory in the running kernel for a dictionary and how would we add one in? something in /proc?
Personally I think monitor windows; cursor tracking options and hte like are higher priority... but I know how it annoys when the synth
won't pronounce your name properly etc.

Regards, Kerry.
On Sun, Feb 03, 2002 at 06:17:47PM -0500, Thomas Ward wrote:
> It is things like this that really makes me think we desperately need a
> exception dictionary. I know I do.
> While we are talking about fixes has anyone figured out how to make z sound
> right? Z sounds like zed, and it drives me nuts.
> It only happens in Speakup, and I assume it is some sort of bug or
> something. If someone can tell me how to fix this problem I'd be really
> happy.
> ----- Original Message -----
> To: <speakup at>
> Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 5:08 PM
> Subject: Re: Can speakup pronounce February correctly?
> > See what it does with Roxio
> > Mine comes across as rogue show
> > Have you thought about, or maybe even done a exception dictionary or
> > lexicon file for Speakup?
> > Just a thought, and if it's there forgive my newbie status.
> >
> > Dave
> >
> > At 03:19 PM 2/3/02 -0500, you wrote:
> > >It's your LiteTalk.  Has nothing to do with speakup.  Maybe Randy
> > >doesn't know how to pronounce it.  Check to see how it pronounces
> > >nuclear.
> > >
> > >  Kirk
> > >
> >
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