OS X Leopard’s Alex text-to-speech…breathing?

Maybe this is old news…but it was a surprise to me when I thought I heard the (relatively) new Alex voice inhaling when speaking some text. Try it out yourself, using TextEdit (spelled to aid pronunciation):

This is a test. Didd I juhst take a breath? (Yes, I will). I hope so, I really need too breathe at some point.

Weird – and awesome at the same time. The breath sound really does something to put me at ease when listening to the speech. I found myself unconsciously holding my breath until I heard him breathe.






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