In this assignment you will explore the use of text-to-speech systems. You will produce dramatic readings of two poems: Jabberwoky by Lewis Carroll, and a poem of your choosing. To produce the readings you will use Amazon Polly. Amazon Polly supports the use of SSML – Speech Synthesis Markup Language to define how the text to speech reading should be done. It supports adjusting the speed, volume, and pitch of sentences and words, and provides the ability for you to enter pronunciations to use in forms such as the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
You will need to create an Amazon Web Services account so that you can access Amazon Polly. You can choose the basic (free) tier whenever they ask, though you will still need to provide a credit card.
When you’ve completed the assignment, copy your SSML-tagged text from the Amazon Polly console to a text file and submit it on Blackboard.