Espeak Problems

Steve Holmes steve at
Tue Feb 27 16:57:43 EST 2007

That's interesting about the -t option.  I'm pretty sure I run
speechd-up with no options and I can still control punctuation with
Speakup's punct level controls.  You got me wondering now.:) 

On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 09:41:26PM +0100, Hynek Hanke wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-02-27 at 12:05 -0800, Zachary Kline wrote:
> > I did not do this, actually.  When I did, the thing works now.
> > What I'm wondering is how to change punctuation settings?  I'm not getting 
> > any punctuation at all spoken, and I want to get at least some.  (Changing 
> > defaultpunclevel in speechd.conf didn't seem to do the trick, unless I need 
> > to reboot the machine first?)
> Hi,
> this is a problem that is being worked on. If you need just to make it
> work for Speakup in English, the trick for now is to run speechd-up
> with the -t (or --dont-init-tables option). Speakup will care of
> punctuation, but this only works for English.
> If you want internationalization, don't do this. Modify
> the /etc/speech-dispatcher/modules/espeak-generic.conf (or similar path)
> so that the option GenericExecuteSynth contains the --punct parameter
> for eSpeak
> This should work:
> GenericExecuteSynth \
> "echo \"$DATA\" | espeak -w /tmp/espeak.wav --punct -v $VOICE -s $RATE
> -a $VOLUME -p $PITCH --stdin && aplay /tmp/espeak.wav"
> Make sure GenericStripPunctChars is commented out with the # sign. (It
> is by default.)
> This second way works with internationalization and will likely result
> in better synthesis etc. However, you will not be able to switch between
> punctuation on and of at runtime.
> Sorry for the hacks. We are working on it.
> Have a nice day,
> Hynek Hanke
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