Spoken language technologies applied to digital talking books

I. Trancoso, C. Duarte, A. Serralheiro, D. Caseiro, L. Carriço, and C. Viana, “Spoken language technologies applied to digital talking books,” in Proceedings of Interspeech, (Pittsburgh, PA, USA), September 17-21 2006. [PDF]


This paper presents the DTB player, which offer to visually impaired users an evolution of paper books. The prototype offers a multimodal interface that presents the textual content of the book synchronized with an audio narration, either pre-recorded by a human speaker or constructed using a text-to-speech synthetizer. Speech recognition allows further the user to add bookmarks or annotation to the book. This paper summarized the different language technologies that may be integrated in spoken books and the different application domains in which spoken books might be used.


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