Speech shift: Direct speech-input-mode switching through intentional control of voice pitch

Masataka Goto, Yukihiro Omoto, Katunobu Itou, Tetsunori Kobayashi

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    Abstract

    This paper describes a speech-input interface function, called speech shift, that enables a user to specify a speech-input mode by simply changing (shifting) voice pitch. While current speech-input interfaces have used only verbal information, we aimed at building a more user-friendly speech interface by making use of nonverbal information, the voice pitch. By intentionally controlling the pitch, a user can enter the same word with it having different meanings (functions) without explicitly changing the speech-input mode. Our speech-shift function implemented on a voice-enabled word processor, for example, can distinguish an utterance with a high pitch from one with a normal (low) pitch, regard the former as voice-command-mode input (such as file-menu edit-menu commands) the latter as regular dictation-mode text input. Our experimental results from twenty subjects showed that the speech-shift function is effective, easy to use, a labor-saving input method.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEUROSPEECH 2003 - 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
    Pages1201-1204
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, EUROSPEECH 2003 - Geneva, Switzerland
    Duration: 2003 Sep 12003 Sep 4

    Other

    Other8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, EUROSPEECH 2003
    CountrySwitzerland
    CityGeneva
    Period03/9/103/9/4

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Software
    • Linguistics and Language
    • Communication

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    Goto, M., Omoto, Y., Itou, K., & Kobayashi, T. (2003). Speech shift: Direct speech-input-mode switching through intentional control of voice pitch. In EUROSPEECH 2003 - 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (pp. 1201-1204). International Speech Communication Association.