It is hoped that speech variation and energetics modeling will help to improve the performance of applications in speech technology, which currently struggle with the natural variation that occurs in speech. In order to establish a quantitative relation between variation and speaking energy, detailed data are needed. Ethical and practical considerations make it difficult or even impossible to collect precise data from humans; AnTon was created as a solution to this problem.
was designed using human anatomy as the guideline. The model's
functionality arises solely from that 'biomimetic' principle. By
imitating structure rather than function, AnTon inherently incorporates
a system that might be suboptimal for the task of speech production.
This is not a flaw, but necessary in order to study speech behaviour
which evolved as an additional function of an organ which serves other
primary functions such as breathing and mastication.
Current state of the
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