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Mon Oct 20 2003

Books: Cognitive Science: Tatham, Morton

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  1. tom.perridge, Expression in Speech: Tatham, Morton

Message 1: Expression in Speech: Tatham, Morton

Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 07:25:40 +0000
From: tom.perridge <>
Subject: Expression in Speech: Tatham, Morton

Title: Expression in Speech
Subtitle: Analysis and Synthesis
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press,		 
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Author: Mark Tatham, University of Essex 
Author: Katherine Morton, University of Essex 

Hardback: ISBN: 0199250677, Pages: 388, Price: �66.00

This book is about the nature of expression in speech. It is a
comprehensive exploration of how such expression is produced and
understood, and of how the emotional content of spoken words may be
analysed, modelled, tested, and synthesized. Listeners can interpret
tone-of-voice, assess emotional pitch, and effortlessly detect the
finest modulations of speaker attitude; yet these processes present
almost intractable difficulties to the researchers seeking to identify
and understand them. In seeking to explain the production and
perception of emotive content Mark Tatham and Katherine Morton review
the potential of biological and cognitive models. They examine how the
features that make up the speech production and perception systems
have been studied by biologists, psychologists, and linguists, and
assess how far biological, behavioural, and linguistic models generate
hypotheses that provide insights into the nature of expressive speech.

The authors use recent techniques in speech synthesis and automatic
speech recognition as a test bed for models of expression in
speech. Acknowledging that such testing presupposes a comprehensive
computational model of speech production, they put forward original
proposals for its foundations and show how the relevant data
structures may be modelled within its framework.

This pioneering book will be of central interest to researchers in
linguistics and in speech science, pathology, and technology. It will
also be valuable for behavioural and cognitive scientists wanting to
know more about this vital and elusive aspect of human behaviour.

Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science
		Computational Linguistics

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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