ABAIR: Text-to-Speech Voices don Ghaeilge

Presented by: Neasa Ní Chiaráin & Ailbhe Ní Chasaide

This session will be used to present the research initative http://www.abair.ie: text-to-speech voices for the Irish language. We will demonstrate the various applications that are being developed as part of the initiative and show how useful synthetic speech can be for students in various different contexts, including: the teaching and learning of Irish in general, Irish for those with dyslexia and other literacy difficulties and for learners with visual impairments. This research and development is being conducted in the Phonetics and Speech Lab, CLCS, Trinity College, Dublin.

Presenter Biography:

Ailbhe Ní Chasaide is Professor in Phonetics in CLCS, Trinity College, Dublin. As Principal Investigator on the ABAIR initiative she is interested in all aspects of the project, especially those that concern phonetics and the sound system of Irish.

Neasa Ní Chiaráin is a postdoctoral researcher working on the ABAIR initiative. Her main area of interest is in Computer-Assisted Language Learning, particularly the use of speech technology for educational purposes.