Third European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Berlin, Germany
September 22-25, 1993


Spell: An Automated System for Computer-Aided Pronunciation Teaching

Steven Hiller (1), Edmund Rooney (1), Jean-Paul Leffevre (2), Mervyn A. Jack (1)

(1) Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
(2) Agora Conseil, Sassenage, France

This paper describes the application of speech technology in a workstation to improve the pronunciation of foreign language students. The SPELL workstation uses techniques of speech analysis to assess and improve learners1 pronunciation in modules for teaching consonant production, vowel quality, rhythm and intonation, in three European languages (English, French and Italian). Each teaching module is discussed in terms of its phonetic basis, the implementation of its analysis modules and a description of the associated graphic user interface.

Keywords: Pronunciation, Speech Analysis, Speech Technology, Consonants, Vowels, Rhythm, Intonation

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Bibliographic reference.  Hiller, Steven / Rooney, Edmund / Leffevre, Jean-Paul / Jack, Mervyn A. (1993): "Spell: an automated system for computer-aided pronunciation teaching", In EUROSPEECH'93, 1343-1346.