Hello friends, and Tamil aficionados – it is winter in Boston and start of three months of bitter cold, but beautiful skylines. A little treat for surviving through the low sunlight hours and gray cold days.
Boston in Winter. [Credit: http://lynnrockets.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/boston-winter.jpg ] A simple Tamil Text to Speech (TTS) engine developed by Prof. Vasu Renganathan has been open-sourced through the lobbying work of T. Shrinivasan.
What is a TTS ?
TTS converts text to speech. That was easy. Now the hard part is how does the computer do that? We will investigate how the language structure of Tamil can be used to find a suitable algorithm, a set of rules, when applied systematically can generate the speech from text. But first we need to understand what is a phonetic language.
The key is to identify that Tamil is a phonetic language, we have some simple ways of…
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