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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 technology.

       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, welsh and others  are

               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                               FESTIVAL(1)