Another blast from the past

Last night I heard a voice from the past on the wireless.  Phil Green, who was my project leader whilst doing research at Sheffield, was on Radio 4’s Word of Mouth.  This was in connection with a new device to give people with severe speech impairments a  fairly normal voice.  And even an appropriate accent: they demoed a synthesized voice that was identifiable as Barnsley poet and project member Ian MacMillan (and Barnsley is quite an accent)!

Congratulations to Phil and his team for what sounds like a really worthwhile project (more so than the stuff I worked on).  And on your elevation to full Professor, having been (IIRC) a mere Senior Lecturer when I was a researcher in your team.

Posted on April 17, 2007, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. “Wireless” – now there’s a real blast from the past. My mum used to talk about the wireless when she meant the radio.

    Here’s what the Oxford English Dictionary has to say on the subject: “noun dated, chiefly Brit. 1 a radio receiving set. 2 broadcasting or telegraphy using radio signals.”

    Of course, you might have been listening to the programme on your computer via your wireless router in which case the term takes on an altogether more modern meaning; there again…

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