ESCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on
Speech Input/Output Assessment and Speech Databases

Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
September 20-23, 1989

Spoken Newspaper for The Blind

Erland Hjelmquist

Department of Psychology, University of Göteborg, Sweden

This paper summarizes results of extended field studies of speech synthesized newspapers for visually handicapped people. The conclusion is that many visually handicapped readers can use the technology without difficulties. The participants considered comprehension and memory of the speech synthesized text satisfactory. However, recent experimental studies point to a possible generally lower level of memory of a speech synthesized text, compared to memory for the same text read with a human voice. This effect was particularly clear for one type of text.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hjelmquist, Erland (1989): "Spoken newspaper for the blind", In SIOA-1989, Vol.1, 13-20.