Synthetic or human? The changing voices behind transport announcements

The recent sound recordings done in train stations and airports got me thinking more about how the synthetic voice has increasingly becoming a ubiquitous characteristic that directs and informs our movements within the environment. This comes after making a few recordings in a few shops earlier this morning, ‘Have you swiped your Nectar Card?’ the automated voice asked me in Sainsbury’s. From research, I found an interesting article in The Guardian which further adds discussion on synthetic voices; the article argues whether the automated announcements are killing personality. As an EFL teacher, I found the article particularly engaging in other areas too as it touches on issues surrounding language, pronunciation and grammar.

 

The Guardian, Ellie Violet Bramley (February 2016)

Synthetic or Human? The changing voices behind transport announcements

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