E-Speech software provides the most accurate name pronunciation available today for the names of people, businesses, and places in the United States. Since it is also excellent at pronouncing English words, it can be used for general text as well as for name-oriented applications.
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Our software will pronounce any name. Proprietary letter-to-phoneme rules that we have developed over a decade provide an intelligent pronunciation for any name. In addition, for many names we have verified pronunciations, and for even more names, we have confirmed that the pronunciation produced by our system is a pronunciation that would be produced by an intelligent, educated native speaker of English.
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We offer name pronunciation software for people in the United States. read more ...
We offer name pronunciation for streets, towns, and points of interest in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. read more ...
E-Speech software and dictionaries can be used with speech recognition and with text-to-speech. It supports all popular phonetic alphabets (IPA, ARPAbet, CPA, SAMPA, HARK) and also "newspaper" phonetics ("oh-BAH-muh") for people, like call-center agents, who would not be expected to know a phonetic alphabet.
Our software will give you unparalleled name pronunciation accuracy for any application:
The software translates input in English orthography into a phonological representation, indicating phonemes, word-stress, syllable boundaries, word and phrase boundaries, and optionally, intonation and phrase-stress.
If you input... Our system outputs.... Name IPA phonetics Newspaper phonetics Gerhardt Lachapelle 'geɪr ˌhɑ:rt lɑ: ʃə 'pel GAIR-hart lah-shuh-PEHL Daphne Murtagh 'dæf ni: 'mɚ ˌtɔ: DAFF-nee MURR-taw Ravi Gnanadesikan 'ræ vi: næ nɪ 'de sɪ kən RAV-vee nan-nid-DEH-si-kuhn Xingxing Liang ˌʃɪŋ 'ʃɪŋ li: 'æŋ shing-SHING lee-ANG Cafe de Paris ˌkæ 'feɪ 'dʊ pæ 'ri: ka-FAY duh pa-REE Tiburon Grille 'tɪ bə rɑ:n 'grɪl TIB-buh-rahn GRIL Cabernet Sauvignon ˌkæ bɚ 'neɪ ˌsoʊ vɪn 'joʊn kab-ber-NAY soh-vin-YONE Bryn Mawr 'brɪn 'mɑ:r BRIN MAR Skaneateles skæ ni: 'æ tə li:z skan-nee-AT-tuh-leez
In addition, our software provides multiple pronunciations for many names that have more than one possible pronunciation. For example, "Weinstein" can be pronounced as "WINE stine" or "WINE steen," "Migliore" may be pronounced as "mig lee OR", "mig lee OR ee", "mig lee OR ay", "mil YORE", "mil YORE ee", or "mil YORE ay," and "Cai" can be pronounced as "TSY" or "CHY" or "SY". This feature is important for speech recognition applications, since they need to link all the pronunciations to the same name.
Our software can be used online or real-time during speech recognition/synthesis transaction processing or off-line to build pronunciation dictionaries that can be incorporated into your ASR or synthesis software. The software is available as part of the E-Speech synthesizer or as a standalone system.It runs on Win95/98/NT/2000/XP/Vista/Windows7 and various Unix systems, including Linux, and is easy to integrate with applications. The standalone version is available as a command-line executable or as a library/DLL containing C-callable functions. We welcome customization: we are happy to tailor our software to your specific needs.