Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Accent Identification With a View to Assisting Recognition (Work in Progress)

Chris Cleirigh, Julie Vonwiller

Speech Technology Research Group, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

This paper reports on work in progress to identify accented Australian English varieties to facilitate identification. Accented speech sounds different because the choosing and chaining of segments in production of speech is influenced by a speaker's linguistic background. The paper describes the development of a descriptive model of the phonology of Australian English from the theoretical standpoint of Systemic Phonology. The schema proposes morphemes composed of an obligatory core syllable element and optional peripheral elements. Core syllables are unmarked for grammatical distribution, but peripheral elements are restricted in their distribution to morpheme boundaries. We propose that this gives us a more powerful tool for description and hence identification of the accents observed.We hypothesise that using this approach has several benefits for recognition systems.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cleirigh, Chris / Vonwiller, Julie (1994): "Accent identification with a view to assisting recognition (work in progress)", In ICSLP-1994, 375-378.