Speech processing is the science concerned with how speech communication works: how speech is produced by the speaker and understood by the listener. It is also concerned with how these processes can be analysed and modelled, and with how these models can be used to develop technologies that also produce and understand speech (synthetic voices, speech recognisers). The science and technology involved are fundamental to the understanding and remediation of disordered speech. The science of speech is thus at the intersection of many disciplines, particularly linguistics, psychology, acoustics, and engineering.
Language processing, in parallel, deals with computational theories of grammar and meaning, and provides access to fundamentals of linguistics as a science and as an engineering discipline. As a science, it is concerned with the fact that language is used as a medium for thought as well as for communication. As an engineering discipline, it is concerned with tools that work: predictive text in telephones, automated personal assistants, web search, and so on.
The alumni of the Speech and Language Processing programme of Trinity College Dublin have followed various career paths, with many opting to pursue research at a higher level through the Ph.D., in CLCS (e.g., becoming involved in research projects in the Phonetics and Speech Lab), with the computational linguists in TCD's School of Computer Science and Statistics, and in other leading institutions, internationally. Some have also used this course as a foundation to enter Speech Therapy programmes in Ireland and abroad.
Programme StructureCore modules:
- Speech Processing 1: spectral analysis
- Formal foundations of linguistic theories
- Laboratory Phonetics and Phonology
- Computational theories of grammar and meaning
- Bilingualism and the Maintenance of Irish
- Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesCommunication Studies Special Education Linguistics View 10 other Masters in Special Education in Ireland
- In keeping with Trinity College's admission requirements for postgraduate students (see here), applicants should have at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or an equivalent degree from another country (for example, a Bachelors degree with a GPA of at least 3.2).
- Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must meet the College's requirements for English-language proficiency.
International19414 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19414 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA9097 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9097 EUR per year during 12 months.
Part time fees
- EU/EEA: 5,951 EUR
- Non-EU/EEA: 11,044 EUR
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