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)