Not a Welsh native, but a learner. From what I see the
situation looks quite sad. There used to be two Welsh voices from
Ivona - Geraint and Gwyneth - in both a Welsh-language (South) and
Welsh English version. I used to have them for a long time but
then lost them irretrievably. Can't say a whole lot about how
authentic their Welsh was, because mine was too much beginner at
the time, but I think Ivona was generally fairly good at the
linguistic aspect of their voices. Now that the company has been
taken by Amazon years ago, the voices can be no longer purchased
directly from them for Sapi5 though and are no longer supported.
There are some places where you can get them, like from
HarpoSoftware, but when I tried demos they seemed rather buggy.
And then we have Espeak, which is not surprisingly not very
authentic-sounding in Welsh at all. I guess I've once heard that
there was a Welsh Festival voice but never heard it or tested it
and I generally don't have much experience with Festival at all.
And that's it, as far as I know.
If someone else knows more, I'd be happy to hear as well.
I am sort of silently hoping for CereProc to make the move
now, as they are a Scottish company who have already created
Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic voices, as well as many regional
dialect British voices so why not Welsh. As a North Welsh learner
I think it would be particularly fun to have the voices for these
two dialects, but that's probably a total utopia for now.
W dniu 15.06.2021 o 00:20, Louder Pages
Can one or two of the Welsh speakers in the group give me a quick
summary of the state of play regarding voices for NVDA? Quality,
quantity. North vs South.
Lovely language, used to speak a bit of it myself a long time ago.