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       festival - a text-to-speech system.


       festival [options] [file0] [file1] ...


       Festival is a general purpose text-to-speech system.  As well as simply
       rendering text as speech it can be used in an interactive command  mode
       for   testing  and  developing  various  aspects  of  speech  synthesis

       Festival has two major modes, command and tts  (text-to-speech).   When
       in  command  mode  input (from file or interactively) is interpreted by
       the command interpreter.  When in tts mode input is rendered as speech.
       When  in  command mode filenames that start with a left parenthesis are
       treated as literal commands and evaluated.


       -q      Load no default setup files

       --datadir <string>
               Set data directory pathname

       --libdir <string>
               Set library directory pathname

       -b      Run in batch mode (no interaction)

       --batch Run in batch mode (no interaction)

       --tts   Synthesize text in files as speech no  files  means  read  from
               stdin (implies no interaction by default)

       -i      Run in interactive mode (default)

               Run in interactive mode (default)

       --pipe  Run in pipe mode, reading commands from stdin, but no prompt or
               return values are printed (default if stdin not a tty)

       --language <string>
               Run in named language, default is english, spanish, russian and
               welsh are available

               Run in server mode waiting for clients of server_port (1314)

               <ifile>  Used  in  #!  scripts,  runs in batch mode on file and
               passes all other args to Scheme

       --heap <int> {1000000}
               Set size of Lisp heap, should not normally need to  be  changed
               from its default

       -v      Display version number and exit

               Display version number and exit


       More than you can imagine.

       A  manual  with  much  detail  (though  not  complete)  is available in
       distributed as part of the system and is also accessible at

       Although we cannot guarantee the time required to fix  bugs,  we  would
       appreciated it if they were reported to


       Alan W Black, Richard Caley and Paul Taylor
       (C) Centre for Speech Technology Research, 1996-1998
       University of Edinburgh
       80 South Bridge
       Edinburgh EH1 1HN

                                 6th Apr 1998