Eruxelf Amatets (reader mode) is
developed based on the Festival Speech Synthesis System. It uses
the ked voice available in Festival to read out Amharic documents.
In this version, Eruxelf Amatets takes the utterances of an English
speaking person and tries to find a mapping for the corresponding
Amharic utterances. In this manner the sounds (phones) are reassembled
to imitate an Amharic utterance. Future versions are expected
to use native speaker's voice to generate the Amharic utterances.
Eruxelf Amatets runs on Windows
using the Cygwin Linux Emulator program. Both Festival and Cygwin
are open source systems.
Eruxelf Amatets is not a screen
reading program. It is a program designed to help the visually
impaired read and create Amharic documents. It should be operated
in conjunction with screen reading programs like JAWS. Unfortunately,
no Amharic screen readers are available at this time.