11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Validation of a Training Method for L2 Continuous-Speech Segmentation

Anne Cutler, Janise Shanley

University of Western Sydney, Australia

Recognising continuous speech in a second language is often unexpectedly difficult, as the operation of segmenting speech is so attuned to native-language structure. We report the initial steps in development of a novel training method for second-language listening, focusing on speech segmentation and employing a task designed for studying this: word-spotting. Listeners detect real words in sequences consisting of a word plus a minimal context. The present validation study shows that learners from varying non-English backgrounds successfully perform a version of this task in English, and display appropriate sensitivity to structural factors that also affect segmentation by native English listeners.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Cutler, Anne / Shanley, Janise (2010): "Validation of a training method for L2 continuous-speech segmentation", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1844-1847.