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Title: AMHARIC SPEECH TRAINING FOR THE DEAF
Authors: Daniel, Assefa
Advisors: Dr. Dida Midekso
Keywords: Speech Training
Sign Language
Deaf Education
Lip modeling
Talking Head
Copyright: 2005
Date Added: 28-Aug-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: It has been believed that all deaf persons can not make edible sound and can only communicate through Sign Language. However, Deaf people can make voices and communicate orally unless they are mute by nature. With speech training it is possible for the Deaf to learn how to speak and “listen”. Speech training can be given manually with a human trainer but it is a very tiresome task and its’ demands are more than the capability of trainers. The solution proposed for this problem is an automated speech training system which is already implemented for different languages. This thesis addresses a similar solution but for Amharic language. Due to the limitations of special equipment and software tools we can get we proposed modeling of a lip for the articulation of Amharic characters which is part of an automated speech training system. We used an Analysis-Synthesis approach to first analyze a real lip in speech making and applied the output of the analysis on our lip model to articulate different Amharic characters. The solution proposed is implemented in a prototype developed for selected Amharic characters and its efficiency is tested with some students of Mekanissa Deaf School.
Description: A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduates Studies of Addis Ababa University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Science in Computer Science
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1318
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