Speech Synthesis Markup Element Reference

The following table lists the Speech Synthesis Markup elements as defined in the Speech Synthesis Markup Language Specification. The Tellme VoiceXML interpreter processes these elements and generates appropriate speech synthesis for the enclosed text.

break Introduces a specified amount of silence into the audio played back to the user.
emphasis Indicates the prominence or stress with which the enclosed text should be played back by the TTS engine. Currently the emphasis element has no effect on the synthesized speech output.
p Provides a container element for zero or more sentences.
paragraph Provides a container element for zero or more sentences.
phoneme Specifies a phonetic pronunciation for the contained text.
prosody Controls the speaking rate and the volume of the speech output.
s Identifies the enclosed text as a complete sentence. Currently the s element has no effect on the synthesized speech output.
say-as Aids the TTS engine in pronunciation by resolving ambiguities regarding the meaning of the contained text.
sentence Identifies the enclosed text as a complete sentence.
sub Indicates a substitution for pronunciation of the contained text. This allows a document to contain both a spoken and written form.
voice Controls the vocal characteristics for the contained text when played back by the TTS engine.
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