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Maltese Speech Synthesiser

Maltese Speech Synthesiser
 
 
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​​​WHAT IS SPEECH SYNTHESIS?

Speech engines (or speech synthesisers) are used by computers in order to convert written text to audio output. These technologies match the language that is used when the audio output is being created so as to ensure that the correct pronunciation is achieved.


WHAT APPLICATIONS CAN USE THE SPEECH ENGINE?

Since the Maltese Speech Engine is compatible with SAPI, i.e.: the Speech Application Programming Interface standard, only speech enabled software which is compatible with SAPI can use it. These include screen readers and many educational software.​


WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS SPEECH ENGINE? 

The Speech Engine will help most of all the following people: 

  1. Blind persons and persons with low vision
  2. Persons with intellectual impairment
  3. Persons with Dyslexia
  4. Illiterate persons
  5. Children in pre-primary and primary schooling
  6. Eldery peopl​e

There are many commercial applications that could use an audio output of process and commands in Maltese thus allowing industry to customise equipment to Maltese speaking operators. Some of the most common applications are e-services and the automated handling of phone calls.​


WHY DO WE HAVE A SPEECH ENGINE?

The increased ​​​​​inclusion of disabled persons within the information society will benefit Maltese society as a whole by empowering individuals to gain better access to education and obtain gainful employment.

E-services that rely on the Maltese language can be more user friendly for Maltese speakers by utilising the Maltese speech engine in order to ease computer access. Through empowerment and social inclusion disabled persons need to rely less on family and state support. In ensuring that due steps are taken to minimise the digital divide, FITA enables individuals to contribute productively to society and the economy.​


Other Resources 

   Maltese Speech Synthesiser - Download 
   Maltese Speech Synthesiser - Factsheet​


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