[Tts-project] Bug#740156: speech-dispatcher: raises pitch for every word starting with a capital

Sebastian Humenda shumenda at gmx.de
Wed Feb 26 12:52:51 UTC 2014

Package: speech-dispatcher
Version: 0.8-5
Severity: important


speech-dispatcher speaks every word beginning with a capital  letter with raised
pitch, as if it were spelling a word. Since German capitalizes a lot of words,
it makes e.g. Orca really hard to use (because it causes headache).

I have stripped down /etc/speech-dispatcher/speechd.conf to contain just:

AudioOutputMethod "libao"
AddModule "espeak"       "sd_espeak"   "espeak.conf"
DefaultModule espeak
DefaultCapLetRecognition  "none"

I also removed ~/.speech-dispatcher and ~/.config/speech-dispatcher.

I can reproduce this behavior both with Orca and spd-say on the command line.
E.g. using spd-say -o espeak "Hello".


-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 3.13-rc6-686-pae (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages speech-dispatcher depends on:
ii  adduser                          3.113+nmu3
ii  libc6                            2.18-3
ii  libdotconf1.0                    1.0.13-3
ii  libespeak1                       1.47.11-1
ii  libflite1                        1.4-release-8
ii  libglib2.0-0                     2.38.2-5
ii  libltdl7                         2.4.2-1.7
ii  libspeechd2                      0.8-5
ii  lsb-base                         4.1+Debian12
ii  speech-dispatcher-audio-plugins  0.8-5

Versions of packages speech-dispatcher recommends:
ii  pulseaudio  4.0-6+b1

Versions of packages speech-dispatcher suggests:
pn  libttspico-utils            <none>
pn  speech-dispatcher-doc-cs    <none>
pn  speech-dispatcher-festival  <none>

-- Configuration Files:
  (omitted, directory has been removed for testing purposes)

-- no debconf information
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