LING 394 - Topics in Linguistics
Fall 2022, Section 002 - The Linguistics of Speech Recognition
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111 or 210.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Description

Over the past decade, programs that speak and listen to us have become more ubiquitous, from Siri, to customer service hotlines, to TikTok’s voiceover. Why are certain sentences hard for Siri to understand? Does Alexa understand some people better than others? Is Instagram listening to us to choose which ads to show us? This course investigates how our knowledge of language structure informs these speech synthesis and speech recognition software. We will focus particularly on the phonetics and phonology of natural languages. We will discuss the ways these programs work, where they fail, and where they are biased in ways reflecting other systemic biases. Students will learn to program basic versions of these softwares using the coding language Python, but this course is intended to be accessible to those with no previous coding experience.

Schedule

LING 394 - Topics in Linguistics
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
33951
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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