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Interactive Prosody Training Workstation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
22168
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
22168
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Harper And Associates
1873 King Eider Drive West Lafayette, IN 47906
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Interactive Prosody Training Workstation
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,950.00
 

Abstract:

One of the difficult problems facing teachers of the deaf and speech clinicians is the lack of tools for training prosody (i. e., intonation, stress, intensity, duration, timing and syllable rhythm). Aside from a few audiocassettes (e. g., Allen's audio-tutorial) and some expensive, yet not very interactive hardware (e. g., VisiPitch), there are no materials available for prosody training in schools for the deaf or speech clinics. The Interactive Prosody Trainer is a low-cost, microcomputer-based system for interactively teaching speech prosody. Based on a single digital signal processing chip and an easy-to-use graphical interface, this device does two different, interrelated jobs. On output from the host microcomputer, it synthesizes models of utterances from stored linear prediction coefficients and prosodic control parameters. On input, it extracts the fundamental frequency and intensity of the user's productions; the display is used for a comparison with the model as presented. The host microcomputer then visually displays the two productions (i. e., the original model and the user's response) with similarities and differences highlighted for the user's information. Appropriately structured presentations can then lead the user through increasingly precise mimicry of more and more complex computer-generated models.

Principal Investigator:

V Paul Harper
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Harper And Associates
1873 King Eider Drive West Lafayette, IN 47906

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No