[Athen] Natural-sounding text-to-speech tech?

Mary Popish popish at pdx.edu
Tue Apr 20 09:38:07 PDT 2021

Hi everybody,

I hope you are well! I'm writing to see if anyone has suggestions for
text-to-speech tech that:

- Can reliably pronounce science and math content correctly, and
- Sounds as natural as possible.

I'm working with a student who is taking upper division science courses and
is struggling with mispronunciation from the computer-generated voices in
Kurzweil, Voice Dream Reader, and Voice Over. The student is an
iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS user.

In a best-case scenario, the student would prefer a human voice recording,
but most of their course materials are not available in audiobook format.
I'm working on finding a creative tech-based alternative, and I'd
appreciate any suggestions you might have!

Take care,

*Mary Popish*
Adaptive Technology Specialist & Alternate Formats Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
Portland State University

Phone: (503) 725-9119
Fax: (503) 725-4103
Email: drc at pdx.edu
URL: http://www.pdx.edu/d <https://www.pdx.edu/disability-resource-center/>
Pronouns: she / her / hers


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