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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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Tonetable experience prototype, showing box, cards, and notebook.
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Figure 0006: Tonetable experience prototype, showing box, cards, and notebook.

Mentions: Tonetable pilot project. Still at the pilot study stage, shown in Figure 6, Tonetable is a first instance of such a research tool. It is a dedicated device that does not synthesize speech itself, but modifies the intonation (and eventually other qualities) of speech from any speech-generating device connected to it. The result is new tones of voice rather than new voices. The device is designed to be portable so that the ways in which tone of voice functions in specific social situations can be easily explored.


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

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

Tonetable experience prototype, showing box, cards, and notebook.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 0006: Tonetable experience prototype, showing box, cards, and notebook.
Mentions: Tonetable pilot project. Still at the pilot study stage, shown in Figure 6, Tonetable is a first instance of such a research tool. It is a dedicated device that does not synthesize speech itself, but modifies the intonation (and eventually other qualities) of speech from any speech-generating device connected to it. The result is new tones of voice rather than new voices. The device is designed to be portable so that the ways in which tone of voice functions in specific social situations can be easily explored.

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.