The synthesizer is the innovation of the Laboratory of Speech Synthesis of the United Institute of Informatics Problems, at the NAS. The Director General of the Institute, Alexander Tuzikov, tells us that it has two voices: ‘Tolbon’ (male) and ‘Sata’ (female). Converting written text into speech, it will be applied within education.
Yakut authorities addressed the Institute with the request, knowing of Belarusian expertise in this area. Mr. Tuzikov explains that, although synthesizers of Russian and English are already well-known and used extensively (including at the Institute — which also has a synthesizer for Belarusian), synthesis of Yakut speech is utterly new. He underlines that it took about a year to develop the software for the latest programming.
By Galina Grishkovets