Emacspeak provides a fluent spoken interface to electronic mail. Instead of having to listen to verbose utterances consisting of email headers, the listener hears a succinct summary of the form `` sender name on subject.''. Emacspeak also infers the dialogue structure present in electronic mail messages based on standard conventions used to cite the contents of previous messages in a conversation thread. When such dialogue structure is detected, the different parts of the dialogue are spoken using different voice characteristics. Hitting any key while a part of the dialogue is being spoken results in the system skipping to the next portion of the dialogue.