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17 Ways to Say Yes: Toward Nuanced Tone of Voice in AAC and Speech Technology.

Pullin G, Hennig S - Augment Altern Commun (2015)

Bottom Line: Despite its importance in human interaction, the issue of tone of voice remains all but absent from AAC research and development however.In this paper, we describe three interdisciplinary projects, past, present and future: The critical design collection Six Speaking Chairs has provoked deeper discussion and inspired a social model of tone of voice; the speculative concept Speech Hedge illustrates challenges and opportunities in designing more expressive user interfaces; the pilot project Tonetable could enable participatory research and seed a research network around tone of voice.We speculate that more radical interactions might expand frontiers of AAC and disrupt speech technology as a whole.

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Affiliation: Interaction Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee , Dundee , UK.

ABSTRACT
People with complex communication needs who use speech-generating devices have very little expressive control over their tone of voice. Despite its importance in human interaction, the issue of tone of voice remains all but absent from AAC research and development however. In this paper, we describe three interdisciplinary projects, past, present and future: The critical design collection Six Speaking Chairs has provoked deeper discussion and inspired a social model of tone of voice; the speculative concept Speech Hedge illustrates challenges and opportunities in designing more expressive user interfaces; the pilot project Tonetable could enable participatory research and seed a research network around tone of voice. We speculate that more radical interactions might expand frontiers of AAC and disrupt speech technology as a whole.

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Mapping 257 responses against four perspectives. Each icon represents 10 responses.
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Figure 0004: Mapping 257 responses against four perspectives. Each icon represents 10 responses.

Mentions: When the 257 tones were mapped against these four perspectives, it was striking how few were classed as describing emotional states, as illustrated in Figure 4. Depending on how the mapping was carried out (whether or not weighting was given to the frequency of common descriptors such as angrily, enthusiastically or sarcastically) and by whom, emotional descriptors always accounted for less than half of the total responses; sometimes less than a tenth of the unique responses. Either way, it is a minority that we feel challenges the equivalence of expression and emotion, at least in the diverse ways in which people think about tone of voice.


17 Ways to Say Yes: Toward Nuanced Tone of Voice in AAC and Speech Technology.

Pullin G, Hennig S - Augment Altern Commun (2015)

Mapping 257 responses against four perspectives. Each icon represents 10 responses.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4487598&req=5

Figure 0004: Mapping 257 responses against four perspectives. Each icon represents 10 responses.
Mentions: When the 257 tones were mapped against these four perspectives, it was striking how few were classed as describing emotional states, as illustrated in Figure 4. Depending on how the mapping was carried out (whether or not weighting was given to the frequency of common descriptors such as angrily, enthusiastically or sarcastically) and by whom, emotional descriptors always accounted for less than half of the total responses; sometimes less than a tenth of the unique responses. Either way, it is a minority that we feel challenges the equivalence of expression and emotion, at least in the diverse ways in which people think about tone of voice.

Bottom Line: Despite its importance in human interaction, the issue of tone of voice remains all but absent from AAC research and development however.In this paper, we describe three interdisciplinary projects, past, present and future: The critical design collection Six Speaking Chairs has provoked deeper discussion and inspired a social model of tone of voice; the speculative concept Speech Hedge illustrates challenges and opportunities in designing more expressive user interfaces; the pilot project Tonetable could enable participatory research and seed a research network around tone of voice.We speculate that more radical interactions might expand frontiers of AAC and disrupt speech technology as a whole.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Interaction Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee , Dundee , UK.

ABSTRACT
People with complex communication needs who use speech-generating devices have very little expressive control over their tone of voice. Despite its importance in human interaction, the issue of tone of voice remains all but absent from AAC research and development however. In this paper, we describe three interdisciplinary projects, past, present and future: The critical design collection Six Speaking Chairs has provoked deeper discussion and inspired a social model of tone of voice; the speculative concept Speech Hedge illustrates challenges and opportunities in designing more expressive user interfaces; the pilot project Tonetable could enable participatory research and seed a research network around tone of voice. We speculate that more radical interactions might expand frontiers of AAC and disrupt speech technology as a whole.

No MeSH data available.