Narrator: This is Science Today. New speech
technology software using an interactive cyberhead
may not only help teach deaf children how to speak
correctly, but also help people learn a second language.
Dominic Massaro of the University of California, Santa
Cruz created a software program, which features a
life-like talking head.
Massaro: We envision lots of applications for
this, so for example if you go down to Costco now,
you can buy the second language CD-ROMs, that supposedly
teach you language so that you get a microphone with
it, you speak in and they give you feedback about
how accurate your articulation was. We envision very
much the same kind of thing here.
Narrator: But rather than just hear the language,
you can see the language being spoken.
Massaro: So for example, if you want to say
'Eeee' in Mandarin Chinese, it's really going to help
you see how to say it rather than simply hear it.
I think in any situation where you think that practice
with the spoken language is important, having the
visible speech there under computer control will add
an extra dimension of richness that will improve that.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.