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ACAPELA Group
Created high quality concatenative US English "Heather" voice for Elan Speech (now part of the Acapela Group).

APPLE
Speech & Language Technologies, Advanced Technology Group
  • Specified architectural tradeoffs and selection of voices in phonetic, prosodic and phonemic components for the speech synthesis research, development, and applications embodied in the "MacInTalkPro2" high quality product released 8/93 and currently available on all Apple platforms.
  • Localization Consultant: specified phoneme set, conversion rules, phonetic dictionary entries, script analysis, and voice recording for UK English text-to-speech. Created UK English dictionary; recorded UK English speech database.
  • Provided specification, exemplification and international comparison of text fields in five European languages.
  • Phonetic/acoustic analysis for "Alex" voice released with OS X 10.5, Leopard.
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    AUDIO NEWS FUSION
    Technical evaluation of TTS engines for audio transmission and blind users' needs.

    BLACKWELL’S Publishers
    Technical reviewer for book "The Sounds of the World’s Languages."
    CENTIGRAM COMMUNICATIONS
    British English script evaluation and localization; voice talent for voice messaging instructional software.
    COMPAQ
    (previously) DIGITAL EQUIPMENT

  • Directed advanced phonetic/linguistic R&D for text-to-speech synthesis, including existing product. Specified future directions, integration and delivery of synthetic speech for multilingual "DECtalk" products.
  • Specified phonetic, prosodic and phonemic components for R&D of UK English speech synthesis. Created UK English dictionary; recorded UK English speech database.
  • Provided specification and exemplification of phonetic, prosodic and phonemic components for development of German and Spanish speech synthesis.

  • FILEMAKER
    (previously) CLARIS Language and Internationalization Consultant
  • Specificied, exemplified compared and documented international language and locale conventions in 20 languages and dialects.
  • Internationalization and competitive product research and analysis for FileMaker International Engineering Group.
  • FASTV.COM
    Integrating speech input-output with streamed live broadcast media using natural language.
    FONIX
    Vice President for Strategic Technology
    Producing multilingual text-to-speech synthesis, natural language research, integration of speech input-output with other human computer interaction modalities, and building/managing a team of language experts.
    Technical oversight of phonetic/linguistic research and development for multilingual TTS products, natural language processing, and talking agents.
    GENERAL MAGIC
    Evaluation of voice user interface design and phonetic/phonemic modules for "MyTalk" and "Portico" products and services.
    Internet Speech logo INTERNET SPEECH
    Technical evaluation TTS engines.
    INTERVAL RESEARCH
    Linguistic Consultant
    Specified linguistic/phonetic aspects of computer music composition interface.
    LEXICON NAMING
    Linguistic Consultant
  • Technical evaluation of linguistic/phonetic aspects of product names in multiple languages.
  • Specified cross-language psycholinguistic features of orthographic and script characters.
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    NEOSPEECH
    In 2003 Talknowledgy provided architectural and design expertise in speech synthesis and voice user interface to NeoSpeech for very small footprint TTS systems in US English and Mexican Spanish.

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    NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    (2010) Phonetic/linguistic consultant for a new American English female synthetic voice.
    OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Phonetic expert and voice recording talent for ESL pronunciation textbook and audio tapes.
  • On-camera presenter for training course on programming language: "Ada".
  • International Encyclopaedia of Linguistics (2nd. Ed.) entry writer for Speech Synthesis.
  • PANASONIC
    Speech Technology Laboratory
    Specified acoustic phonetic, prosodic and phonemic components for US English female speech synthesis using a parallel (rule-based) speech synthesizer.
    PHILIPS
    (for Voice Control Systems)
    Director of Language Development
  • Specified research analysis and budget for data collection and development of speech recognition in languages other than English.
  • Designed and tested speech user interface for CTI automated receptionist application.
  • Researched and documented phonetic/phonemic differences between seven varieties of Latin American Spanish.
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    Member, Technology Advisory Board.
    Phonetic evaluation, revision of VUI grammars.
    SUN MICROSYSTEMS
    Speech Technology Consultant
  • Specified architectural tradeoffs and created phonetic, phonemic and prosodic components for speech synthesis development in 7 languages, embodied in the SunSoft TTS system; provided evaluation of and extensions to SunSoft TTS application programmers' interface (API).
  • Provided specification, exemplification and international comparison of text fields in 7 languages: US English, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish.
  • TELIA
    (previously Infovox, Sweden)

    British English text-to-speech design, and evaluation for a parallel (rule-based) speech synthesizer.
    telisma logo TELISMA, France
    Technical evaluation TTS engines in international languages.

    TELLME NETWORKS
    (a Microsoft subsidiary)

  • Dr. Henton led the Speech and Language Development team at Tellme Networks, June 2000—July 2001. Her responsibilities included multilingual text-to-speech synthesis R&D, natural language research and integration of speech input-output with other human computer interaction modalities.
  • (2008-9) Architect, director for niche TTS prompts using Zira voice in Bing mobile search.

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  • Linguistics department: Visiting Professor for upper division course "Industrial Phonetics."
  • External Studies: English Language Instruction.
    Course designer & instructor "Accent Reduction" to Fulbright scholars and Humphreys fellows.
    Instructor, "Materials Development" Egypt/Santa Cruz.
    Instructor, CLAD Language Structure course.

  • UNISYS
    (for Digital Sound Corp; now PulsePoint Communications)
    Voice messaging design and recording
  • British English voicemail script evaluation and localization; voice talent for PBX voice messaging instructional software.
  • Specification, exemplification, and international comparison of voicemail instructions in six languages: US English, UK English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
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