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Ways to make entering speech more fun
User: kmaclean
Date: 5/8/2008 10:20 am
Views: 2850
Rating: 22

From a post by Sam:

ways to make entering speech more fun, so people would be encouraged to do it.
A few ideas:

  1. To speak something out loud is a great aid to learning.  Maybe we can find some resource of historical & scientific facts
  2. song lyrics (may be a bad idea because people would sing instead of speak..  But maybe that would be OK??)
  3. Movie scripts.  I swear, if you find a good movie script (like Star Trek IV) you will get people who read through the entire movie.
  4. Making Voice-books. people can kill two birds with one stone - they can read in a document, or a chapter from a book, creating a Voice-book while adding to the database.
  5. Have two text boxes: URL[    ],  starting from [    ]
    So if I put in URL[http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/www.ultimate-guitar.com/print.php?what=tab&id=456256], 
    starting from [I'm afraid]
    It starts presenting text from this location, one sentence at a time.  hit spacebar to advance.
Of course you may need several people to speak the same phrases.  If this is true, these ideas could be adapted: you could have a pool of 'this is what the last hundred visitors chose to read out', and next to each one, a number which represents how many people have read from that source.  So you can either click something existing, or choose something new. This could be a lot of fun - who knows what songs / movies / literature / jokes people are going to put up?

 

Re: Ways to make entering speech more fun
User: kmaclean
Date: 5/8/2008 10:22 am
Views: 1173
Rating: 20

my reply:

>A few ideas: ...

The main issue with sourcing new text is to determine who owns Copyright (if any ...) in the text being read.  Project Gutenberg might be better in this regard.

>1. To speak something out loud is a great aid to learning.  Maybe we can find

>some resource of historical & scientific facts

A future release of the Speech Submission Java Applet will allow users to submit the text of their choice - we will still need to figure out how to confirm a submitted text is free from Copyright restrictions.

>song lyrics (may be a bad idea because people would sing instead of

>speak..  But maybe that would be OK??)

I'm not sure how singing might affect things (other than maybe being painful to review ... for my singing at least :) ), but the general rule is that you train with the same audio you want to recognize - so it may be that such audio might only be useful if we want to recognize singing voices.

>Movie scripts.  I swear, if you find a good movie script (like Star Trek IV)

>you will get people who read through the entire movie.

These would likely have Copyright issues - any recording of the dialog of a Copyrighted movie would be considered a derivative work.  Might be able to find some open source movie scripts that people might be interested in.

>Making Voice-books. people can kill two birds with one stone - they can

>read in a document, or a chapter from a book, creating a Voice-book while

>adding to the database.

We already do this in association with LibriVox.  See these links:

We also did a project with MojoMove411 to short readings (poetry & prose)

 

 

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