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Title: US6188983: Method for dynamically altering text-to-speech (TTS) attributes of a TTS engine not inherently capable of dynamic attribute alteration
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Inventor: Hanson, Gary Robert; Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Assignee: International Business Machines Corp., Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 2001-02-13 / 1998-09-02

Application Number: US1998000145781

IPC Code: Advanced: G10L 13/02; G10L 13/08;
IPC-7: G10L 13/08;

ECLA Code: G10L13/033; S10L13/08;

U.S. Class: Current: 704/260; 704/270; 704/E13.004;
Original: 704/260; 704/270;

Field of Search: 704/260,270

Priority Number:
1998-09-02  US1998000145781

Abstract:     In a TTS system external to a TTS engine, a method for dynamically altering text-to-speech (TTS) attributes of a TTS engine not inherently capable of dynamic attribute alteration is disclosed. The method of the invention can include several steps beginning with the step of representing in the external system a resettable start word position value by a first variable. Second, a current word position offset value can be represented in the external system by a second variable. Third, the second variable can be updated in the external system each time a word of the specified text is played back. Fourth, the TTS playback can be stopped in response to a user request to alter the TTS attribute. Fifth, after stopping the TTS playback, the TTS engine attribute can be altered. Also, after stopping the TTS playback, the first variable can be replaced in the external system with a new start word position value corresponding to the next successive unplayed word of the specified text. Finally, playback of the text can be restarted in accordance with the new word start position value to play back the next successive unplayed word.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Quarles & Brady LLP ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Zele, Krista; Opsasnick, Michael N.

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What is claimed is:     1. In a system external to a TTS engine, a method for dynamically altering text-to-speech (TTS) playback attributes of the TTS engine during playback of specified text in accordance with at least one TTS engine attribute, wherein the TTS engine is not inherently capable of dynamic attribute alteration, comprising the steps of:
  • representing in said external system a resettable start word position value by a first variable, said resettable start word position indicating a starting offset of said specified text currently loaded in said TTS engine;
  • representing in said external system a current word position value by a second variable, said current word position value indicating an offset relative to said resettable start word position;
  • updating in said external system said second variable each time a word of said specified text is played back;
  • stopping said TTS playback of said TTS engine in response to a user request to alter said at least one TTS attribute;
  • after stopping said TTS playback, altering said at least one TTS engine attribute;
  • also after stopping said TTS playback, replacing in said external system said first variable with a new start word position value corresponding to the next successive unplayed word of said specified text; and,
  • restarting playback of said text in accordance with said new word start position value, said next successive unplayed word being played back by said TTS engine.


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