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The Rhythm of Speech

Bill Sethares, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison

Date and Time: Sep 16, 2015 (12:30 PM)
Location: Orchard room (3280) at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Building


Two spoken sentences are never identical, even if they contain the same textual material. Basic to the study of how speakers differ is the ability to (automatically) parse the sentences and align the relevant utterances, to locate the times when the phonemes of one speaker align with the (same) phonemes of another. This enables an analysis of the micro-timing of events in the speech and has uses in linguistic studies, in speech recognition systems, in speech therapy, and in audio/video synchronization.