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Re: Talking to Computers

Dear Paul,


There is a huge amount published on this topic – and many good textbooks much more recent than those you cite.  A couple of texts that address the points that I think you are interested in are …


  1. Nass, C., & Brave, S. (2005). Wired for Speech: How Voice Activates and Advances the Human-computer Relationship. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  2. Balentine, B. (2007). It's Better to Be a Good Machine Than a Bad Person: Speech Recognition and Other Exotic User Interfaces at the Twilight of the Jetsonian Age: ICMI Press.


To find out more about the basic underlying technologies, I particularly recommend …

Holmes, J. N., & Holmes, W. (2002). Speech Synthesis and Recognition: Taylor & Francis.


… and to find out about ‘expressive’ (i.e. emotional) speech, take a look at the HUMAINE website - http://emotion-research.net/



Good luck


Roger Moore



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From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception [mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Paul Grant
Sent: 06 April 2009 17:59
To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [AUDITORY] Talking to Computers


Dear Auditory list,

I am currently writing my dissertation on computer speech, or more specifically human reaction, response and feelings when engaging in conversation with a machine. The study is focusing on systems like "expressive speech synthesis" (the computer analysing the incoming human voice and responding accordingly) and asking whether we are ready and willing to engage with technology like this.

I am having trouble finding literature that covers this subject; I have found a lot of theory-based writing, such as Principles of Computer Speech, (Witten, 1982) and Electronic Synthesis of Speech, (Linggard 1985) covering speech synthesis itself but not much on what happens to humans when using it.

If anybody can suggest any books, journals or articles that would be a great help.

Thank you.

Paul Grant

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