Give Now

A Moment of Science

Mmm What’cha Say? All About Verbal Shortcuts

Do you find yourself saying "Gotta" instead of "Got To?" Learn about verbal shortcuts!

cell phone number pad

Photo: samantha celera (Flickr)

Verbal shortcut research can lead to better voice recognition software for cell phones.

Do you notice you take shortcuts when talking? It’s because in normal speech we routinely take shortcuts.

“Got Da”

A study at the University of Arizona looked at the speech of several undergraduates talking on the phone, reading a story, and reading word lists.

They found that all the speakers dropped syllables and even entire words. For example, the phrase “going to have to” was typically pronounced as “got da.” It went from four words to one.

The Future Of Voice Recognition

But maybe this research will lead to voice recognition technology that actually recognizes normal, everyday speech.

The researchers also think the study could lead to better, more natural sounding speech generating devices for people who have trouble speaking.

Read More: Wha’dja Say? (Sciencenews)

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from A Moment of Science:

Support for Indiana Public Media Comes From

About A Moment of Science

Search A Moment of Science