Design of a portable microprocessor-based International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) text-to-speech conversion device for use by the speech impaired

dc.contributor.advisor Curran S. Swift Ishii, Dexter
dc.contributor.department Chemical and Biological Engineering 2018-08-15T06:06:53.000 2020-07-02T06:11:56Z 2020-07-02T06:11:56Z Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 1989 1989
dc.description.abstract <p>A portable microprocessor-based alternate communication device was designed and a prototype fabricated. This device allows speech impaired individuals, whose language skills remain intact, to input and edit an utterance of unrestricted vocabulary via a keyboard/LCD display system. The utterance, which is specified using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), is then converted into an appropriate set of speech synthesizer parameters, using context sensitive rules. An interrupt driven system is used to pass each set of parameters, in order and at the appropriate time, to the synthesizer, thus generating an audible output;Tests conducted using the device in its present state have shown the utterance specification process to be slower than desired and the speech produced to be rather robotic in nature. Although understanding the speech generated is sometimes a problem, intelligibility improves with time as the listener becomes used to the synthesized speech and the programmer's ability to specify the utterance improves;As the current implementation does not include rules that vary the suprasegmental features, it is anticipated that the introduction of such rules will improve the quality and intelligibility of the speech output. Further suggestions for future development are provided, and focus on expediting the utterance specification process and improving the quality of the speech generated.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering
dc.subject.disciplines Electrical and Computer Engineering
dc.subject.keywords Biomedical engineering
dc.subject.keywords Electrical engineering and computer engineering
dc.subject.keywords Computer engineering
dc.title Design of a portable microprocessor-based International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) text-to-speech conversion device for use by the speech impaired
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