moderated Re: synthesizer versus voice

David Diamond

There is an actress in the U S who even when speaking French in a movie where she was supposed to be from France, still sounded like an American trying to speak French. The words themselves were correct just, not the proper pronunciation of the words. Somewhat like some languages roll their Rs in some of the words, not rolling them you still can tell what the person is trying to say, just they are not rolling their Rs the way that culture and language does.    

Most of the eloquence voices such as rocko, gramma etc. all that is being done is the pitch is being changed.

From: <> On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: September 22, 2020 12:21 PM
Subject: Re: synthesizer versus voice


Not saying it is, of course, but if it 8was* your own regional accent that was being talked about, you wouldn’t really be aware of it and how it sounds to others as to you it’d just be the default state of speaking. When  people from other parts talk about the accent they hear and especially attempt to imitate what they are hearing, what comes out tends to be an exaggeration or caricature. This is why in early drama school and such they tell you not to try putting on accents when attempting to play a character., Some people do get really good at it (See Peter Sellers for instance, thougha s a comic actor exaggeration was also one of his things).


From: <> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: September 21, 2020 8:11 PM
Subject: Re: synthesizer versus voice


I'm in the U.S. and I've never even heard that used before.

I live in the mid-west.


----- Original Message -----

From: JM Casey

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2020 4:56 PM

Subject: Re: synthesizer versus voice


Hahah…it’s all relative; Canadians don’t say “aboot” either.




From: <> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: September 21, 2020 5:15 PM
Subject: Re: synthesizer versus voice


Sorry, but people in the United states do not say “aboot” unless they happen to live very close to the Canadian border.

I’m not sure why that is, but the vast majority of people here in the U.S. say about, not aboot.


IN fact, most U.S. natives make fun of the Canadians for saying aboot.





"He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself,” and we forget that only grace can break the cycle of ancient hatreds among peoples. (It is notable that while I have regretted not granting grace to others, I’ve never once regretted extending it.)" - Edward Herbert


From: <> On Behalf Of David Diamond
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2020 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: synthesizer versus voice


I was chatting with someone from New Zealand and she told me some of her compatriots were mimicking the  U S accent. Thus it is not just the screen reader voices, it is Different nations voices.  Example, apparently Canadians and United States persons say aboot instead of about, according to the woman in N Z.   


From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: September 21, 2020 9:26 AM
Subject: Re: synthesizer versus voice


On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 11:20 PM, JM Casey wrote:

and this "uncanny valley" aspect is probably already nonexistent for some people.

I'd be one of those people, at least for certain voices under certain synthesizers.

It also really depends on just precisely what is being said.  There are voices that, to me, are "virtual perfection" in mimicking human speech until you get to one specific word that's seldom used or an inflection.  But even then, what sounds "normal" to me may very well sound "weird" to someone else.  One experiences that sensation quite often when listening to different human speakers.  (And I'm ignoring "as a second language" issues and regional accents for that sensation.)

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041  

The purpose of education is not to validate ignorance but to overcome it.
       ~ Lawrence Krauss

Join to automatically receive all group messages.