Task 1 – Option 1

One career that involves the use of digital technologies is a linguist, specifically a computational linguist. A computational linguist collects data from a language (including aspects of language such as syntax, phonics, stress, and pitch) and feeds this into a program, which processes and combines the data, to produce and recognise speech (The Verge, 2013). The most common example being Apple’s Siri. This is interesting to me as speech is intrinsically human, yet, we can teach machines to recognise and produce this human by-product. I initially wondered how the data is fed into the program, was it letter by letter? Or through whole words or phrases? Through reading the article below, I found out that phonetically rich sentences (sentences which have distinct sounds) are chosen and read by voice actors to create text-to-speech software (Anderson, 2013). A very interesting and useful discipline of linguistics and computer science!

Anderson, L. (2013). Machine language, how Siri found its voice. The Verge. Retrieved, 11/10/21 from, https://www.theverge.com/2013/9/17/4596374/machine-language-how-siri-found-its-voice
The Verge. (17 September, 2013). Inside Nuance: the art and science of how Siri speaks

. YouTube. https://youtu.be/wu-tIqnUUX8

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