Mike Wald


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Phonetic Inventory for an Arabic Speech Corpus
Nawar Halabi | Mike Wald
Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)

Corpus design for speech synthesis is a well-researched topic in languages such as English compared to Modern Standard Arabic, and there is a tendency to focus on methods to automatically generate the orthographic transcript to be recorded (usually greedy methods). In this work, a study of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) phonetics and phonology is conducted in order to create criteria for a greedy method to create a speech corpus transcript for recording. The size of the dataset is reduced a number of times using these optimisation methods with different parameters to yield a much smaller dataset with identical phonetic coverage than before the reduction, and this output transcript is chosen for recording. This is part of a larger work to create a completely annotated and segmented speech corpus for MSA.


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Generating acceptable Arabic Core Vocabularies and Symbols for AAC users
E.A. Draffan | Mike Wald | Nawar Halabi | Ouadie Sabia | Wajdi Zaghouani | Amatullah Kadous | Amal Idris | Nadine Zeinoun | David Banes | Dana Lawand
Proceedings of SLPAT 2015: 6th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies


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Arabic Text to Arabic Sign Language Translation System for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Community
Abdulaziz Almohimeed | Mike Wald | R.I. Damper
Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies