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1. (WO2001033549) ELECTRONIC MAIL READING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND RECORDED MEDIUM FOR TEXT CONVERSION

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/033549    International Application No.:    PCT/JP2000/007652
Publication Date: Fri May 11 01:59:59 CEST 2001 International Filing Date: Tue Oct 31 00:59:59 CET 2000
IPC: G06F 3/16
G10L 13/04
H04L 12/58
Applicants: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.

YAMAGAMI, Katsuyoshi

KAMAI, Takahiro

KATO, Yumiko

Inventors: YAMAGAMI, Katsuyoshi

KAMAI, Takahiro

KATO, Yumiko

Title: ELECTRONIC MAIL READING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND RECORDED MEDIUM FOR TEXT CONVERSION
Abstract:
A text shaping unit (101) of an electronic mail reading device analyzes the format of a quoted portion of the text part of an electronic mail text and deletes quoting symbols so as to shape the quoted portion into a text of a format in units of one sentence. During this processing, command tags for commanding reading out loud before and after the quoted portion are inserted. A text converting unit (105) conducts text-conversion from a difficult-to-understand expression to an easy-to-understand expression. During this processing, command tags are also inserted before and after the converted portion. A speech synthesizing unit (108) synthesizes a speech of the text according to the command tags while controlling the speech synthesization, thus eventually converting an electronic mail text to an easy-to-understand speech.