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This paper outlines ProSynth, an approach to speech synthesis which takes a rich linguistic structure as central to the generation of natural-sounding speech. We start from the assumption that the speech signal is informationally rich, and that this acoustic richness reflects linguistic structural richness and underlies the percept of naturalness.(More)
We have developed a novel therapy based on a computer program, which enables the patient to create an avatar of the entity, human or non-human, which they believe is persecuting them. The therapist encourages the patient to enter into a dialogue with their avatar, and is able to use the program to change the avatar so that it comes under the patient's(More)
This paper describes the results of a study of the phonetic and phonological factors affecting the rhythm and timing of spoken Korean. Stepwise construction of a CART model was used to uncover the contribution and relative importance of phrasal, syllabic, and segmental contexts. The model was trained from a corpus of 671 read sentences, yielding 42,000(More)
Intonation modelling in ProSynth involves mapping the defining characteristics of an F0 contour on to the constituents of a hierarchical prosodic structure, which constitutes our core linguistic representation. The paper describes the use of a labelled speech database exemplifying selected structures to create a template for a particular pitch pattern in a(More)
This study investigated how L2 experience modulates L1-L2 talker-listener intelligibility. L1 southern British English (SE) and L1 French listeners with varying L2 experience (Inexperienced 'FI', Experienced 'FE' and Bilinguals) were tested on their speech-in-noise recognition of English sentences that were spoken with a range of accents (SE, FI, FE,(More)