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DISCONTINUED. (Verified 12/2002) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. DECtalk is a full-featured voice synthesizer compatible with many computer systems. DECtalk offers nine different voices (four male, four female, one child) as well as sentence rhythm and intonation. DECtalk converts text sent from the host computer to a pronunciation code using a combination of dictionaries and letter-to-sound rules. DECtalk then takes into consideration surrounding words and their effects on individual pronunciations. Rate of speech is adjustable from 120 to 350 words per minute. DECtalk provides a user-specified dictionary for commonly used acronyms, trade terms, and special words. DECtalk may "speak" through its internal speaker, headphones, an external speaker, or over the telephone. DECtalk accepts input from the computer through a standard RS-232C communications port. WEIGHT: 19 pounds.