A Change of Direction I have said before that the goal of reflective blogging for language learning is not to be a perfect student, but a self-aware student.
History[ edit ] Long before the invention of electronic signal processingsome people tried to build machines to emulate human speech. In the German - Danish scientist Christian Gottlieb Kratzenstein won the first prize in a competition announced by the Russian Imperial Academy of Sciences and Arts for models he built of the human vocal tract that could produce the five long vowel sounds in International Phonetic Alphabet notation: InCharles Wheatstone produced a "speaking machine" based on von Kempelen's design, and inJoseph Faber exhibited the " Euphonia ".
In Paget resurrected Wheatstone's design. Cooper and his colleagues at Haskins Laboratories built the Pattern playback in the late s and completed it in There were several different versions of this hardware device; only one currently survives.
The machine converts pictures of the acoustic patterns of speech in the form of a spectrogram back into sound. Using this device, Alvin Liberman and colleagues discovered acoustic cues for the perception of phonetic segments consonants and vowels. It consisted of a stand-alone computer hardware and a specialized software that enabled it to read Italian.
A second version, released inwas also able to sing Italian in an "a cappella" style. Dominant systems in the s and s were the DECtalk system, based largely on the work of Dennis Klatt at MIT, and the Bell Labs system;  the latter was one of the first multilingual language-independent systems, making extensive use of natural language processing methods.
Early electronic speech-synthesizers sounded robotic and were often barely intelligible. The quality of synthesized speech has steadily improved, but as of [update] output from contemporary speech synthesis systems remains clearly distinguishable from actual human speech.
Kurzweil predicted in that as the cost-performance ratio caused speech synthesizers to become cheaper and more accessible, more people would benefit from the use of text-to-speech programs. Noriko Umeda et al. Clarke was so impressed by the demonstration that he used it in the climactic scene of his screenplay for his novel One of the first was the Telesensory Systems Inc.
The Milton Bradley Company produced the first multi-player electronic game using voice synthesis, Miltonin the same year.
Synthesizer technologies[ edit ] The most important qualities of a speech synthesis system are naturalness and intelligibility. The ideal speech synthesizer is both natural and intelligible.
Speech synthesis systems usually try to maximize both characteristics.
The two primary technologies generating synthetic speech waveforms are concatenative synthesis and formant synthesis. Each technology has strengths and weaknesses, and the intended uses of a synthesis system will typically determine which approach is used.
Concatenative synthesis Concatenative synthesis is based on the concatenation or stringing together of segments of recorded speech. Generally, concatenative synthesis produces the most natural-sounding synthesized speech.A whistle is an instrument which produces sound from a stream of gas, most commonly air.
It may be mouth-operated, or powered by air pressure, steam, or other means. Whistles vary in size from a small slide whistle or nose flute type to a large multi-piped church organ.. Whistles have been around since early humans first carved out a gourd or branch and found they could make sound with it.
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Then we played it back to the dolphins and we found they responded. Whistle definition is - a small wind instrument in which sound is produced by the forcible passage of breath through a slit in a short tube.
Late in afternoon, Mayor James Rolph suggested that bells be rung and whistles blown generally through the town at 6 o’clock. First Known Use: before 12th century.
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