Author Archives: Sasha Kurlenkova

Sasha Kurlenkova is a social scientist interested in body, technologies, and disability. She is now studying technologically mediated interactions (AAC) of people with speech impairments and their conversational partners using Ethnography and Conversation Analysis
A list of 24 voice options arranged in a table of 3 columns and 8 lines. Each cell contains a name for the voice option and a description that specifies whether it's an adult or child voice, as well as the gender.

“Doing Being a Latina,” or Performing Identities Through a Computer Voice

This is a comment on Meryl Alper’s book “Giving Voice” which explores the topic of enacting an identity (e.g. a Latina girl) through a speech synthesizer or pre-recorded utterances of one’s “voice donor.” The ability to communicate is often taken-for-granted and imperceptible, despite being vital to everyday life. It defines our social performances as family members, professionals, and neighbors. Moreover, institutions as well as identities need to be “talked into being” (Heritage and Clayman, 2010). Although in many mundane situations we get by with meaningful bodily gestures (Goodwin, 1986) such as nodding, shaking the head, waving, and pointing, other interactions require us to use complex language processing skills and muscular control over the vocal organs and hands. (read more...)