Researchers at Edinburgh University’s Centre for Speech Technology yesterday announced the development of software to convert text into speech electronically in all nine official European Community languages, and said it would create quality-controlled pronunciation dictionaries of all Community city, town, street, family and product names in machine-readable form. The standard pronunciation of up to 1m names in each of Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish will be included. The Edinburgh Centre is co-ordinating research from universities and telecommunications companies in the nine countries involved in the two-year project – which is being funded by the Community.
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