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 Post subject: Kiwi doings
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:23 am 
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Human voice accents have been shown to affect people’s perceptions of the speaker, but little research has looked at how synthesized voice accents affect perceptions of robots. This research investigated people’s perceptions of three synthesized voice accents. Three male robot voices were generated: British (UK), American (US), and New Zealand (NZ). *** There was no difference in impression ratings of each voice, but the US accent was rated as more robotic than the NZ accent, and the UK accent was preferred to the US accent. Study two showed that people randomized to the NZ accent had more positive feelings towards the robot and rated the robot’s overall performance as higher compared to the robot with the US voice. These results suggest that the employment of a less robotic voice with a local accent may positively affect user perceptions of robots.
[International Journal of Social Robotics]

So from now on all robots will be built in New Zealand, because if they were built in Australia no one could understand them when they talked. And what's an "American" accent?


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 Post subject: Re: Kiwi doings
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:16 pm 
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Australians are easily understood by Americans after a couple of days.


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 Post subject: Re: Kiwi doings
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:04 pm 
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American accent = patterns of speech vocalization common to North America. Unless you're going to assert that Americans don't have accents, it's all those other people.

My mother reports having a college classmate from Dallas or thereabouts who had not traveled much before graduating high school and was heard to say, "Wayull Ah didn't know everbody outside o' Texas had an acceyent!"


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