Bliss© is an acronym for Brown Lab Interactive Speech System. It is a basic speech analysis and online subject testing system for speech research. As such it it highly optimized for making precise scientific measurements and is not intended as a all purpose speech system. It is used in a number of research labortories around the world.
Bliss is copyright 1985, 1997 and 2002 by John Mertus; however, Bliss may be freely used and distributed subject to the following restrictions.
You may link the Bliss Home Page or Download page freely.
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Bliss was first developed in 1977 for Dr. Philip Lieberman and Dr. Sheila Blumstein by John Mertus on a PDP-11. The system was later transferred to VAX VMS systems. The original name BLISS stood for Barus Lab Interactive Speech System; however in 1986, the lab moved from Barus Lab to Metcalf Research. Although the acronym for Metcalf Interactive Speech System is perhaps a moniker than Bliss, it was decided to change the name to Brown Lab Interactive Speech System in honor of Sheila Blumstein's chocolate brown Labrador retriever, Sammie.