Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Using Likelihood Ratios to Perform Utterance Verification in Automatic Pronunciation Assessment

Febe de Wet, Catia Cucchiarini, Helmer Strik, Lou Boves

A-RT, Dept. of Language and Speech, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The aim of our current research is to investigate the possibility of using likelihood ratios to perform utterance verification within the context of automatic oral proficiency assessment. The likelihood ratios under investigation have the appealing feature that they may be computed simply by using an off-the-shelf automatic speech recognition system in two different recognition modes (forced and free phone) instead of using a system with specifically trained anti-models. We achieved 93% correct classification for 10 phonetically rich sentences uttered by 60 non-native language students.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wet, Febe de / Cucchiarini, Catia / Strik, Helmer / Boves, Lou (1999): "Using likelihood ratios to perform utterance verification in automatic pronunciation assessment", In EUROSPEECH'99, 173-176.