14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


From Theory to Practice: Rewards and Challenges

Dominic W. Massaro, Michael M. Cohen, Jonas Beskow

Perceptual Science Laboratory, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Language perceivers are viewed as having available multiple sources of information supporting the identification and production of language. This theoretical framework has been successful in accounting for a wide variety of empirical research findings. Our research agenda called for the development of a computer-animated talking head, Baldi, who serendipitously showed promise for language tutoring. This facial animation software was fully integrated into a speech toolkit and is currently an integral part of an NSF Challenge grant to develop interactive learning tools for language training with profoundly deaf children. In addition to Baldi, the tools to date combine the key technologies of speech recognition, speech synthesis, and a rapid application developer platform. We describe our theoretical framework, how it is used to guide language training, and plans for assessment of its efficacy.

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Bibliographic reference.  Massaro, Dominic W. / Cohen, Michael M. / Beskow, Jonas (1999): "From theory to practice: rewards and challenges", In ICPhS-14, 1289-1292.