Software for scanning of Indian rarities?

Viktor V. Sukliyan madhava at CH1.VSNL.NET.IN
Thu Mar 19 20:07:35 UTC 1998

On Sun, 15 Mar 1998, Claude Setzer wrote:

> Another option which may only a slight chance of being implemented is the
> Verbot (PC base verbal robot) approach which carries on conversations in
> English now and promises to be extended to other languages in the next few
> years. I think these people are going to have better and less expensive
> voice recognition than what is available now, and since Sanskritists  are
> sometimes willing to put more attention on "consistent" pronunciation than
> speakers of other languages, this might prove to be quite interesting as a
> way to enter text.
> Claude Setzer cssetzer at

I don't think it's practically possible. It won't be possible for robot to
tetermine accoustical difference appearing in pronounciation
of different speakers, say from Bengal (can't pronounce such consonants
as v, ya), Punjab (instead of krishna-krishan, dharma-dharam etc),Tamils
(I suspect some difficulties with ka, kha, ga, gha, as it was mention on
Indology previously ), English speakers are in more difficulties with
their specific phonetic system situated very far away from that of Sanskrit.
Secondly voice recognition is not so universal as optical one where you
 need not to have phonology experts qualified to read and speak.


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