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robin-20070201 - Comma gets a cure
User: Robin
Date: 2/1/2007 12:00 pm
Views: 2399
Rating: 17

Speaker Characteristics:

Gender: male;
Age range: adult;
Pronunciation dialect: British English (mother tongue is Dutch).

Recording Information:

Microphone: USB Desktop boom microphone Logitech;
Audio Card: USB Desktop boom microphone Logitech;
Audio Recording Software: Audacity rel 1.2.6;
O/S: Windows XP.

File Info:

File type: wav;
Sampling rate: 48kHz;
Sample rate format: 16bit;
Number of channels: 1.

 

cc-01 Well, here's a story for you: Sarah Perry was a veterinary nurse
cc-02 who had been working daily at an old zoo in a deserted district of the territory,
cc-03 so she was very happy to start a new job at a superb private practice
cc-04 in north square near the Duke Street Tower.
cc-05 That area was much nearer for her and more to her liking.
cc-06 Even so, on her first morning, she felt stressed.
cc-07 She ate a bowl of porridge, checked herself in the mirror
cc-08 and washed her face in a hurry. Then she put on a plain yellow dress
cc-09 and a fleece jacket, picked up her kit and headed for work.
cc-10 When she got there, there was a woman with a goose waiting for her.
cc-11 The woman gave Sarah an official letter from the vet.
cc-12 The letter implied that the animal could be suffering from a rare form
cc-13 of foot and mouth disease, which was surprising,
cc-14  because normally you would only expect to see it in a dog or a goat.
cc-15 Sarah was sentimental, so this made her feel sorry for the beautiful bird.
cc-16 Before long, that itchy goose began to strut around the office like a lunatic,
cc-17 which made an unsanitary mess.
cc-18 The goose's owner, Mary Harrison, kept calling, "Comma, Comma,"
cc-19 which Sarah thought was an odd choice for a name.
cc-20 Comma was strong and huge, so it would take some force to trap her,
cc-21 but Sarah had a different idea.
cc-22 First she tried gently stroking the goose's lower back with her palm,
cc-23 then singing a tune to her. Finally, she administered ether.
cc-24  Her efforts were not futile. In no time, the goose began to tire,
cc-25  so Sarah was able to hold onto Comma and give her a relaxing bath.
cc-26 Once Sarah had managed to bathe the goose, she wiped her off with a cloth
cc-27 and laid her on her right side. Then Sarah confirmed the vet's diagnosis.
cc-28 Almost immediately, she remembered an effective treatment
cc-29 that required her to measure out a lot of medicine.
cc-30 Sarah warned that this course of treatment might be expensive -
cc-31 either five or six times the cost of penicillin.
cc-32 I can't imagine paying so much, but Mrs. Harrison - a millionaire lawyer -
cc-33 thought it was a fair price for a cure.
cc-34 Comma Gets a Cure and derivative works may be used freely for any purpose
cc-35 without special permission provided the present sentence
cc-36 and the following copyright notification accompany the passage in print,
cc-37 if reproduced in print, and in audio format in the case of a sound recording:
cc-38 Copyright 2000 Douglas N. Honorof, Jill McCullough & Barbara Somerville.
cc-39 All rights reserved.

 

Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation

These files are free software; you can redistribute them and/or
modify them under the terms of the GNU General Public License
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of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

These files are distributed in the hope that they will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
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--- (Edited on 2/ 1/2007 12:00 pm [GMT-0600] by Robin) ---

--- (Edited on 2/ 2/2007 2:13 am [GMT-0600] by Robin) ---

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Notice: many prompts in "English Speech Files" were adapted from the prompt files contained in the CMU_ARCTIC speech synthesis database, which were in turn derived from out-of-copyright texts from Project Gutenberg, by the FestVox project at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Re: robin-20070201 - Comma gets a cure
User: kmaclean
Date: 2/1/2007 3:41 pm
Views: 159
Rating: 15

Hi Robin,

Thanks for the submission, but you forgot to include your audio files.

WebGUI unfortunately removes any files selected for upload when you 'preview' your submission (see ticket #142)... which is what likely happened here.

Ken 

--- (Edited on 2/ 1/2007 4:41 pm [GMT-0500] by kmaclean) ---

--- (Edited on 2/ 1/2007 10:30 pm [GMT-0500] by kmaclean) ---


Notice: many prompts in "English Speech Files" were adapted from the prompt files contained in the CMU_ARCTIC speech synthesis database, which were in turn derived from out-of-copyright texts from Project Gutenberg, by the FestVox project at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Re: robin-20070201 - Comma gets a cure
User: Robin
Date: 2/2/2007 2:37 am
Views: 190
Rating: 18

Sorry about that. That is indeed what happened. I noticed it wasn't there anymore, but thought that perhaps it was awaiting approval and didn't want to upload it twice.

It's there now!

--- (Edited on 2/ 2/2007 2:37 am [GMT-0600] by Robin) ---


Notice: many prompts in "English Speech Files" were adapted from the prompt files contained in the CMU_ARCTIC speech synthesis database, which were in turn derived from out-of-copyright texts from Project Gutenberg, by the FestVox project at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Re: robin-20070201 - Comma gets a cure
User: kmaclean
Date: 2/6/2007 9:08 am
Views: 583
Rating: 16

Hi Robin,

Just a note to let you know that your speech audio was incorporated into the VoxForge Acoustic Model nightly build (just select the most current version) and you can see how much your audio contributed to our release 1.0 goal of 140 hours of speech on the new Metrics page.

You can also get some additional information on your submission  in the Subversion entry of you audio.  The HDMan_log gives you info on the number of words used in your submission, and the phone counts for your entire submission.   The HVite_log shows the results of a partial Acoustic Model training session to ensure that your wav files that match their corresponding prompts file.   And the wavfile_details file shows the output of a check to make sure that the sample rate and bits per sample of your wav files matches the contents of your README.

thanks again for your submission,

Ken 

--- (Edited on 2/ 6/2007 10:08 am [GMT-0500] by kmaclean) ---


Notice: many prompts in "English Speech Files" were adapted from the prompt files contained in the CMU_ARCTIC speech synthesis database, which were in turn derived from out-of-copyright texts from Project Gutenberg, by the FestVox project at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

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