Speech and Language Technology for Disabled Persons

Stockholm, Sweden
May 31 - June 2, 1993

The BLISPHON Alternative Communication System for the Speechless Individual

Georgios Kouroupetroglou, Antonis Anagnostopoulos, Georgios Papakostas, Aris Charoupias

University of Athens, Department of Informatics, Athens, Greece

BLISPHON is a multilingual integrated system, with synthetic speech output, for the augmentative or alternative communication of the speechless or with communication problems individual. It is based on Blissymbolics: a well established international, pictographic and ideographic symbol system. BLISPHON has been designed and developed using advanced human-computer interaction techniques in order to provide flexibility and adaptability to the specific requirements of the disabled individual The user can choose from different possible methods and devices for pointing or selecting symbols and for constructing a dialog. A language dependent parser is used for Bliss-to-text conversion. The output of the system can drive a variety of text-to-speech converters. Furthermore, BLISPHON incorporates a powerful educational environment to learn Blissymbolics.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kouroupetroglou, Georgios / Anagnostopoulos, Antonis / Papakostas, Georgios / Charoupias, Aris (1993): "The BLISPHON alternative communication system for the speechless individual", In SLTDP-93, 107-110.