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Short:Huge USA English Accent File.
Author:mbarlow at pacific.telebyte.net
Uploader:mbarlow pacific telebyte net
Type:util/libs
Version:2.1
Requires:Translator43.0 (See Tran43pch.lha)
Architecture:m68k-amigaos
Distribution:Aminet
Date:1997-06-23
Download:http://aminet.net/util/libs/ax_2USA.lha - View contents
Readme:http://aminet.net/util/libs/ax_2USA.readme
Downloads:2491
  This is an extensive USA American accent developed new from scratch. It
is almost 12 times the size of the standard "American accent." Note:
Translator43.0 (See Tran43pch.lha to upgrade Translator42.4) is required. 
The goal is to approximate the USA Broadcast Standard Accent. The following
features are included:

  a.  Arabic and Roman numeral conversion.

  b.  Silent 'e' detection in many compound words.

  c.  British spelling recognition.

  d.  Strategies to help resolve some common homographs (lead to, lead pipe,
      live bird, live in, to read, was read, cold wind, wind up).

  e   Recognition of many place and personal names.

  f.  Conversational, non-formal pronunciation.

  68000 based systems may experience a 2 second delay per 80 character line
of text and a 30 to 60 second (or longer) initial, one-time, accent loading
delay while the accent is compiled at first use. However the speech is
quite snappy on a 68040 based system at my recommended 210 word per minute
speaking rate setting.  It is the large size of this accent file that
allows much higher accuracy than the standard American accent.

  The basic reason this file must be so large is because English spelling
has become more a matter of tradition than phonetics.  The traditional
spellings of most basic English words were established in the Middle
English period based on a Latin model.  Most of the changes in English
pronunciation since that time are not reflected in the spelling.  These
changes include final e silencing, loss of the guttural gh sound, and the
Great (Long-)Vowel Shift.  Words imported or "borrowed" from other
languages tend to retain their native spellings. The rules for spelling and
pronouncing importing words from classical Latin and Greek have remained
the same.  This is why "machine" does not rhyme with "shine".  This
accent file attacks these problems by providing many special case rules.

   Installation

   Copy or move the !USA.accent file to the Locale:accents directory.
   (which should also be SYS:Locale/accents directory or the
   HD0:Locale/accents directory.)

                                               M. L. Barlow
                                               Silverdale, WA
                                               mbarlow at Pacific.Telebyte.net


Contents of util/libs/ax_2USA.lha
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[generic]                54100  153732  35.2% -lh5- 69f7 Jun 22  1997 usa/!USA.accent
[generic]                   92     134  68.7% -lh5- da23 May 20  1997 usa/!USA.accent.info
[generic]                 1240    2542  48.8% -lh5- 2991 Jun 12  1997 usa/ax_2USA.readme
[generic]                  168     380  44.2% -lh5- 9bf1 May 20  1997 usa/ax_2USA.readme.info
[generic]                 2600    6763  38.4% -lh5- 68e1 May 28  1997 usa/BookList.txt
[generic]                  168     380  44.2% -lh5- 9bf1 May 20  1997 usa/BookList.txt.info
[generic]                  279     632  44.1% -lh5- aa67 Jun  8  1997 usa.info
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 Total         7 files   58647  164563  35.6%            Jun 23  1997

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