Machines Might Not Mind Your Accent Anymore

For speech recognition systems, a change in the accent can be confusing. Words under the influence of local languages sound different and a typical homepod device can mistake an Asian speaking English or even something as native as a thick Irish accent. Deep Learning algorithms are the work horses behind these devices. The training data [...]

By |2019-09-12T13:35:27+00:00September 12th, 2019|Accent, Language, Machine learning|0 Comments

A New Accent Is Developing in Southwest Kansas

Say you're a young person living in Liberal, Kansas—a small town in the southwestern part of the state, home to about 20,000 people—and someone you know does something fun without you. “I told my friends from Liberal that I had gone to Vancouver to present some research,” says Trevin Garcia, who just graduated from Kansas [...]

By |2018-06-22T02:48:54+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Accent, Kansas, Language|0 Comments

Does your accent make you sound smarter?

They say you should always dress for success, but should that extend to the way you speak? We’re not adverse to dressing appropriately to make a good impression at work or for a social engagement, even if it means wearing clothes we wouldn’t normally choose to put on. Is changing your accent to get ahead [...]

By |2017-05-23T19:51:10+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Accent, Language|0 Comments

The Rise and Fall of Katharine Hepburn’s Fake Accent

"Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By,'" purrs a moon-faced Ingrid Bergman in the now-famous scene from 1942's Casablanca. Staccato t's and accordion-stretched a's lend a musical flavor to Bergman's lilt. "Early" becomes "euh-ly" and "perhaps" unfolds as "peuh-haps.'" The grandeur and glamor in her voice, though, is a sham. No, really. That's not [...]

By |2016-08-09T12:24:15+00:00August 9th, 2016|Accent, Acting, English language, Language|0 Comments