Method of associating oral utterances meaningfully with word symbols seriatim in an audio-visual work and apparatus for linear and interactive application

  • US 6,273,726 B1
  • Filed: 05/12/2000
  • Issued: 08/14/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/24/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of creating an audio-visual work comprising(1) providing in the work pictorial scenes with natural communication situations for presentation to a viewer-listener with at least one pictorial scene comprising frames capable of having their visual portion displayed and their audio portion heard;

  • (2) creating a series of word utterances by at least one utterer with each utterer present in successive frames of such scene presentation;

    (3) further creating a series of visual word symbols, each such word symbol (i) corresponding to and associable with each word utterance;

    (ii) capable of teaching the viewer-listener the visual appearance of the uttered word;

    (iii) appearing in the sound source area of the frames which area includes the utterer;

    (iv) appearing briefly in such frames of the pictorial scenes at the same time the word utterances are heard so that each utterance and each such corresponding word symbol are associable at the same time by the viewer-listener; and

    (v) visually appearing in the frame alone so that when the viewer-listener hears an utterance he or she can see only the corresponding word symbol and no other word symbol;

    whereby the audio-visual created allows the viewer-listener to associate each such utterance with each such word symbol to learn the visual appearance of the uttered word and the sound of the word symbol.

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