Ideas for extending TTS tech to support ALL languages

In my explorations of speech synthesis technologies, I was surprised (but not really), that only a handful of languages seem to be currently supported. It perplexed me that the BCP47 language subtags are, at first glance, all-encompassing, covering every human language from Corsican to Mohegan-Pequot to Tunjung (click the dropdown under “List” and select “Languages (takes a while!”). Having backtracked my way to the BCP47 search engine by originally reading the documentation for the SpeechSynthesisUtterance interface of the Web Speech API, I was looking to incorporate Text-To-Speech (TTS) functionality. …

Kendall Moraski

software engineer | language activist | Rachel Amber

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