Problem of Nooru and Nootionnu (100 and 101)- Mahiti's effort to refine Malayalam pronunciation in eSpeak Sept. 4, 2013, 11:17 a.m.
Summary :It was to put my mothertongue for the ears of numerous others to listen to the perfectness, purity and beauty of it
Malayalam was already included in eSpeak when Mahiti got involved to modify or add languages in it. Being involved otherwise, in developing solutions for community oriented projects, this was quite a challenge, an interesting one too. It was to put my mothertongue for the ears of numerous others to listen to the perfectness, purity and beauty of it.
The Beginning Alphabets were fine in eSpeak, and the pronunciations of those were also, to an acceptable level. Acceptable because eSpeak has its limitation of producing sound equivalent to native speaker. We sure will overcome that hurdle someday. It was not correct, not at all. The pronunciation changes for Malayali numbers when they are added to hundred. The example as it is briefly mentioned on the headline itself, the One hundred is 'Nooru' and one is 'Onnu'. Simple mathematics will join and pronounce them as 'Nooruonnu' or may be shorten it to 'Nooronnu' but in Malayalam it is pronounced as 'Nootionnu' it applies for all the numbers. It also happens with thousand ('Ayiram' becomes 'Ayirati'). Modification- Successfully The rule that defines the pronunciation of numbers beyond hundred thousand, million and so on are written on the list file (eSpeakedit/dictsource/ma_