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Phoneme recognition software says it all

Effective speech, in a foreign language, is a matter of the correct pronunciation of words. To be understood, many languages depend on pronunciation of stresses, syllables and accents. Such phonemics however, even when spoken by native speakers, may provide challenges for language learners as they vary considerably from region to region within a country.
Phoneme recognition software says it all
The advent of speech recognition programmes, designed to facilitate the correct pronunciation of phonemes have greatly assisted language enthusiasts, teachers and students. The drawbacks with many such programmes are that they are expensive, not highly accurate and are affected by such conditions as loudness of voice, discontinuity of speech, pitch and inaccurate phoneme recognition.

Individual Science Laboratories have designed a simplistic speech recognition programme they claim is ten times more accurate and clearer in recognizing phonemes than its nearest competitor. Based on a pre-stored database of phonemes, the program is not dependant on the various influences that constitute drawbacks of this type of product and is able to provide valid instruction to multiple users regardless of voice timbre, intonation, spectral variance and ambient noise.

As such, it is highly valuable to systems based on voice recognition such as security features, automated telephony interchanges, word processors and learning institutions. The programme, based on a simple game concept, requires no analogous technology and is solely a stand-alone programme. It therefore, provides an ideal methodology for pronunciation techniques. It is significantly cheaper than current market leaders to produce and offers the potential for terrific market sales. Currently, this technology is available for demonstration and further research is being undertaken to extend its prowess into foreign language courses and to better facilitate the teaching pronunciation to deaf or hearing impaired students.

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Record Number: 80269 / Last updated on: 2005-09-18
Domain: IT, Telecommunications