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Abair.ie now speaks Dingle Irish

The Phonetics and Speech Laboratory at Trinity College Dublin provides an online Irish Language Speech Synthesiser, Abair.ie that will take written Irish and speak it back to you. Until recently, it only had Gaoth Dobhair and Conamara "accents", but they have recently added Corca Dhuibhne.

The system uses two different processes to produce the speech you hear.

For the Donegal and Connemara dialects, it has recordings real speakers, and the computer pulls snippets from these recordings and strings them together to make words that aren't already in it's database.

For the second Connemara "speaker" and for the Dingle voice, it uses a technique called HTS, in which the computer actually generates the sound (rather than a recording).

The output is clearly computer synthesised (especially the HTS versions), and it doesn't know about exceptions to the general rules for Irish pronunciation (like words that use a broad S even with slender vowels, or "blah cliath"), but you can control the speed of the speech, and you can hear the various different forms of a verb, for example, that you can't hear on teanglann.ie or other sites.

It's not a perfect solution for those of you who are completely unfamiliar with the sounds of spoken Irish, and you probably don't want to try and imitate it too closely , but it's worth bookmarking.

2 years ago

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For anyone who hasn't tried it, try entering phrases or even whole sentences (it is sensitive to punctuation, particularly periods). I've been using Abair.ie for many months, and the thing I like most about it is that it gives a sense of the prosody of multi-word phrases, which is not available from any of the other sources I have found on the web (except, e.g. Forvo, when the phrase has been specifically recorded, which, is generally only the case for a few, very common phrases). I have compared it to recordings of native speakers, and, as you would expect, there is a lot of variation, but there is a lot of variation even between native speakers.

2 years ago

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Yeah, I should have emphasised that this allows you to hear complete sentences, not just a single word or short phrase at a time, and this is what makes it so useful.

2 years ago

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This is brilliant, especially hearing complete sentences. After even half an hour, my pronunciation has improved enormously. It has given me the confidence to 'go for it'. Please accept a lingot..

2 years ago

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Great site. bookmarked.

2 years ago