Could I give myself a Scottish accent through the magic of software?
March 4, 2013 6:44 PM Subscribe
How possible would it be to write an app or piece of software that could take a piece of speech text and change the accent of the speaker? What challenges would there be given the current level of speech recognition and audio processing technology and linguistic knowledge?
posted by TwoWordReview to technology (4 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Various threads and conversations on pronunciation and accents today have got me thinking about this question. Given the current state of the speech recognition technology, audio processing technology and linguistic knowledge of various accents, would it be possible to process an audio file containing (clear, non-noisy) speech and change the accent? (Think of it as Melodyne for changing speech)
I understand that speech recognition software such as Dragon have settings to detect various accents so there must be some linguistic knowledge applied in the detection, but how good is this technology, what are the current challenges in speech recognition and accent detection and what would it take to improve to the point where this software would be possible? What are the difficulties in actually processing the audio to change the speech with the new accent?
This is all idle curiosity and I'd be interested to hear about any specific research or applications that attempt the various steps that such software would require, or if any speech recognition/voice processing experts would care to throw in their two cents.