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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 acoustic richness of the speech signal reflects linguistic structural richness and underlies the percept of naturalness. Naturalness achieved by paying attention(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)
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)
Previous work has shown that the intelligibility of speech in noise is degraded if the speaker and listener differ in accent, in particular when there is a disparity between native (L1) and nonnative (L2) accents. This study investigated how this talker-listener interaction is modulated by L2 experience and accent similarity. L1 Southern British English, L1(More)
In this paper, we propose a novel method for modelling native accented speech. As an alternative to the notion of dialect, we work with the lower level phonological components of accents, which we term accent features. This provides us with a better understanding of how pronunciation varies and it allows us to give a much more detailed picture of a person's(More)
SPAR (Speech-Pattern Algorithms and Representations) is the name given to The project is concerned with advanced speech analysis algorithms, and from the outset saw the need for a system for speech data management. The SPAR Speech Filing System (SFS) was developed to support the design and comparison of analysis algorithms, and to manage many different(More)
The ProSynth speech synthesis project aims to re-implement and extend the YorkTalk all-prosodic synthesis system in an open manner preserving its most appealing theoretical aspects. A significant novel aspect of the architecture of ProSynth is the use of the extensible markup language (XML) as a computational formalism for the representation of hierarchical(More)