Friday, February 4, 2011

Virtual (reality) Talking Head(s)

Although the ultimate goal of HIPoeces work is to do pronunciation work in virtual reality, the thought of coordinating your sound system with that of a talking, virtual head just doesn't sound all that motivating at this point. The "head" project is headed in the right direction, however. (The researchers do consider the general problem of mapping phonological constructs into virtual space.) Actually, that is not a bad analogy for where much pronunciation methodology is today: disembodied. (To get a quick survey or link to some of the "heady" software systems now available, check this CALL site.)

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