Computer Synthesized Speech Technologies: Tools for Aiding Impairment: Tools for Aiding Impairment

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Mullennix, John
IGI Global, Jan 31, 2010 - Computers - 342 pages

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.


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A History of Developments inComputer Synthesized Speech
An Overview
The Role of Speech Synthesis inAugmentative and AlternativeCommunication
Advances in Computer SpeechSynthesis and Implicationsfor Assistive Technology
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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. [Editor]

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