Imitating someone’s accent makes it easier to understand them

In conversation, we often imitate each other’s speech style and may even change our accent to fit that of the person we’re talking to. A recent study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that imi…

Air flows in mechanical device reveal secrets of speech pathology

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 22, 2010 — From a baby’s first blurted “bowl!'” for the word “ball” to the whispered goodbye of a beloved elder, the capacity for complex vocalizations is one of humankind’s most remarkable attributes — and perhaps one we…

Bionic speech recognition

As speech recognition systems become more commonplace – on the computer desktop top, at the call centre and even in the car – it is increasingly important to ensure that the voice signal is as clear as possible before it is processed by a computer a…

The brain speaks

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 7, 2010 — In an early step toward letting severely paralyzed people speak with their thoughts, University of Utah researchers translated brain signals into words using two grids of 16 microelectrodes imp…

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