A PROGRAMMABLE COMPUTER SYNTHESIZED SPEECH MODULE FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATION.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1285
Amount: $205,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1985
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Novcom Systems
5610 Pascal St, Shoreview, MN, 55112
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr. Tim Wittenburg
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THERE EXISTS TODAY, A PAUCITY OF COST EFFECTIVE METHODS IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION. AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH IS PROPOSED WHICH UTILIZES AN INTELLIGIBLE, COST EFFECTIVE COMPUTER SYNTHESIZED SPEECH MODULE POSSESSING: -PROGRAMMABILITY IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, GERMAN, AND POSSIBLY OTHER LANGUAGES. -PHONETIC ACCURACY OF COMPUTER PRONOUNCED WORDS THROUGH A USER MAINTAINED EXCEPTION DICTIONARY. -LITTLE OR NO MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS. THE PROPOSED APPROACH WILL ESTABLISH BASIC TECHNOLOGY FOR PROVIDING A SYNTHETIC SPEECH CAPABILITY IN COMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATION. NOVCOM SYSTEMS HAS ALREADY DEVELOPED A STATE OF THE ART TEXT TO SPEECH (TTS) ALGORITHM FOR ENGLISH AND PROPOSES UNDER THIS CONTRACT TO ADDRESS THE FEASIBILITY OF EXTENDING THIS TECHNOLOGY TO OTHER LANGUAGES. TODAY, HISPANICS COMPRISE THE LARGEST NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING MINORITY GROUP IN THE UNITED STATES. IT IS THEREFORE STATISTICALLY MOST PRUDENT TO CONSIDER THE SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR A BILINGUAL EDUCATION APPROACH. NOVCOM WILL DESIGN A SET OF TTS TRANSLATION RULES FOR THE SPANISH LANGUAGE. FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONCEPT DEMONSTRATION, THE ENGLISH SPANISH SPEECH CAPABILITY WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO A PROTOTYPE TUTORIAL PROGRAM FEATURING COMPUTER SYNTHESIZED ENGLISH AND SPANISH SPEECH.

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