I usually run into problems with speech-up's post-inst script failing, you can clean it up or remove the contents for a successful install but unsure which part of the script actually causes the error.
I still am unable to use speakup on recent releases.
Well, thank you DJ, in following your link, I may have run in to helpful packages which I will explore. Meanwhile you mention a 0.5 version of speechd-up, but I think I saw a 0.6 at their freeb site, but I got errors when working with it. Thanks