Computer Synthesized Speech Technologies: Tools for Aiding Impairment

Computer Synthesized Speech Technologies: Tools for Aiding Impairment

John Mullennix (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, USA) and Steven Stern (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: January, 2010|Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 342
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-725-1
ISBN13: 9781615207251|ISBN10: 1615207252|EISBN13: 9781615207268
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Description:

While the use of technology to compensate for individual shortcomings is nothing new, there has been tremendous progress in the application of technology toward assisting individuals with disabilities, particularly with the use of computer synthesized speech (CSS) to help speech impaired people communicate using voice.

Computer Synthesized Speech Technologies: Tools for Aiding Impairment provides information to current and future practitioners that will allow them to better assist speech disabled individuals who wish to utilize CSS technology. Just as important as the practitioner's knowledge of the latest advances in speech technology, so, too, is the practitioner's understanding of how specific client needs affect the use of CSS, how cognitive factors related to comprehension of CSS affect its use, and how social factors related to perceptions of the CSS user affect their interaction with others. This cutting edge book addresses those topics pertinent to understanding the myriad of concerns involved with the implementation of CSS so that CSS technologies may continue to evolve and improve for speech impaired individuals.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Aided Language Development
  • Assistive Technology
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Computer Synthesized Speech
  • Digital Speech Technology
  • Dysarthria
  • Hidden Markov Modeling
  • Speech-generating Devices
  • Text-to-Speech Devices
  • Vox Artificialis
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In this book, an international panel of experts across numerous disciplines cover a variety of areas pertinent to understanding the many concerns in the implementation of CSS for practitioners working with speech disabled populations. This book serves to ground this work in current theory and research while at the same time existing as an approachable book used in the classroom or used as a reference book from one's bookshelf. Each chapter is geared toward providing information that practitioners should know, or even better, can use.

– John Mullennix, Steven Stern

This unique book addresses in some detail an area of AAC [alternative and augmentative communication] that will surely increase as technology advances.

– Dr. Adrienne B. Hancock, George Washington University
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Editor/Author Biographies
John Mullennix is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Psychology from SUNY-Buffalo. His area of research encompasses speech perception, psycholinguistics, and speech technology. He has numerous scholarly publications in the areas of Psychology and Speech & Hearing and has received federal research funding for his work on speech perception. Currently, he is working on research projects related to earwitness testimony and the attitudes toward users of computerized speech technology.
Steven Stern is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University. He is one of a small group of psychologists who study the social psychological implications of technology. He has published several articles on how technologies affect how people view themselves and with each other. As well as examining how people react toward assistive technologies, he is currently studying how cellular telephones alter interpersonal communication and peoples’ relationships.
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