Studies from German-speaking Europe
Voice Äpp: “My voice – my dialect”
The present paper describes the project of the development of a new smartphone application. The application has two main functionalities, which both focus on the individuality of the user’s speech: 1) Based on a sentence the user is prompted to record, the application calculates and displays characteristics of the user’s voice. 2) The application uses automatic speech recognition to determine the dialect of a speaker from German-speaking Switzerland on the basis of his dialectal pronunciation of a set of given words. Aside from these core functionalities, the app provides him with basic tutorials on speech production and perception. Voice Äpp is designed as being both personal and interactive. In a playful way, the user learns about voice characteristics, dialects and phonetics. The user data collected by both functionalities of the application will be a valuable source for linguistic research in the fields of dialectology and (forensic) phonetics.
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