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We use our voice every day to communicate with others, to express ourselves and to share our thoughts. It is not only the words we say that are important but also HOW we say them. Emotions like joy, anger and sadness, expressions of irony or sarcasm are all conveyed by voice. The meaning of an utterance changes, if the voice changes, and these changes are often so subtle that we are not even aware of them – they are part of our language.

The Phonetics and Speech Laboratory, of the School of Linguistic Speech and Communication Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, celebrates World Voice Day with a series of events, featuring voice research at TCD, the Dublin launch of the ABAIR Irish synthetic voices, and a recital of songs in Irish.


Time Event Description
16.30 Glórthaí: Voice Research at TCD Research overview: how we analyse the voice; how the voice conveys emotions and meaning; how the voice is affected by our environment; how speech technology benefits from this research.
17.30 Tea & Coffee
18.00 ABAIR: Dublin Launch of Irish Voices in Speech Synthesis The Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D. will officiate at the Dublin launch of the ABAIR synthetic voices, available at abair.ie.
19.00 Food & Drinks
19.30 Amhráin: Recital of Songs in Irish Songs in Irish performed by members of Na Casaidigh and friends.


logo Long Room Hub All events will take place on the 16 April 2013 in the

Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Trinity College Dublin
College Green
Dublin 2

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Glórthaí: Voice Research at TCD

Start: 16.30

This showcase will present the voice reasearch at Trinity College. It will touch on questions like:

Central to much of this research is the GlóRí voice analysis tool under development at TCD, which will also be briefly introduced.

ABAIR – Speech Synthesis for Irish

Start: 18.00

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ABAIR is a research initiative, based in Trinity College, Dublin, which aims to provide linguistic and speech technology resources for Irish.

The Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D. will launch ABAIR’s flagship project: an online Irish language text-to-speech synthesiser which is freely available to the public at www.abair.ie. This system speaks out any text in natural and fluent Irish, in either Donegal or Connemara dialects. The third major dialect, Kerry Irish, is currently under development. The website provides access to both these synthetic voices and to a growing suite of linguistic resources for Irish.

Food and drinks will be served at the occasion.

Amhráin: Songs in Irish

Start: 19.30

Members of Na Casaidigh (The Cassidys), a traditional Irish group from Gweedore, County Donegal. The six brothers, all of them accomplished musicians, are native speakers of Irish. Their songs, both traditional and original material, are mostly in Irish.

See also Na Casaidigh at Wikipedia

The research projects have been funded by:

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), SFI Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge

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