FESTIVAL(1)                 General Commands Manual                FESTIVAL(1)

       festival - a text-to-speech system.

       festival [options] [file0] [file1] ...

       Festival is a general purpose text-to-speech system.  As well as simply
       rendering text as speech it can be used in an interactive command mode
       for testing and developing various aspects of speech synthesis

       Festival has two major modes, command and tts (text-to-speech).  When
       in command mode input (from file or interactively) is interpreted by
       the command interpreter.  When in tts mode input is rendered as speech.
       When in command mode filenames that start with a left paranthesis are
       treated as literal commands and evaluated.

       -q      Load no default setup files

       --libdir <string>
               Set library directory pathname

       -b      Run in batch mode (no interaction)

       --batch Run in batch mode (no interaction)

       --tts   Synthesize text in files as speech no files means read from
               stdin (implies no interaction by default)

       -i      Run in interactive mode (default)

               Run in interactive mode (default)

       --pipe  Run in pipe mode, reading commands from stdin, but no prompt or
               return values are printed (default if stdin not a tty)

       --language <string>
               Run in named language, default is english, spanish and welsh
               are available

               Run in server mode waiting for clients of server_port (1314)

               <ifile> Used in #! scripts, runs in batch mode on file and
               passes all other args to Scheme

       --heap <int> {500000}
               Set size of Lisp heap, should not normally need to be changed
               from its default

       -v      Display version number and exit

               Display version number and exit

       More than you can imagine.

       A manual with much detail (though not complete) is available in
       distributed as part of the system and is also accessible at

       Although we cannot guarantee the time required to fix bugs, we would
       appreciated it if they were reported to

       Alan W Black, Richard Caley and Paul Taylor
       (C) Centre for Speech Technology Research, 1996-1998
       University of Edinburgh
       80 South Bridge
       Edinburgh EH1 1HN

                                 6th Apr 1998                      FESTIVAL(1)