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

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Title17 Ways to Say Yes: Toward Nuanced Tone of Voice in AAC and Speech Technology
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractPeople 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.
AuthorsPullin, G., and Hennig S.
Year of Publication2015
PublicationAugmentative & Alternative Communication
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (online)
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Keywords (MeSH)communication, communication aids for disabled, communication disorders, community-based participatory research, equipment design, pilot projects, speech, voice