ISCA Archive ICSLP 1994
ISCA Archive ICSLP 1994

Text-to-speech in the speech training of the deaf: adapting models to individual speakers

Hector Javkin, Elizabeth Keate, Norma Antonanzas, Ranjun Zou, Karen Youdelman

Computer-based speech training systems for deaf children provide, in addition to feedback from the children's speech production, acoustic and articulatory models for the children to imitate, either from pre-recorded utterences or from the teacher's on-line speech. It would be beneficial if such training systems functioned without a teacher and beyond what can be taught with pre-recorded models. Speech training might also be more successful if the models were adapted to the child's individual mode of producing speech sounds. Our system is designed to supplement the time that students have with teachers and to provide models optimized for a student's preferred mode of articulation by using a form of text-to-speech (TTS) to synthesize teaching models that are based on the student's own production. Although we are currently focusing on customizing tongue-palate contact data, it is applicable to other aspects of computer-based teaching.


Cite as: Javkin, H., Keate, E., Antonanzas, N., Zou, R., Youdelman, K. (1994) Text-to-speech in the speech training of the deaf: adapting models to individual speakers. Proc. 3rd International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1994), 1959-1962

@inproceedings{javkin94_icslp,
  author={Hector Javkin and Elizabeth Keate and Norma Antonanzas and Ranjun Zou and Karen Youdelman},
  title={{Text-to-speech in the speech training of the deaf: adapting models to individual speakers}},
  year=1994,
  booktitle={Proc. 3rd International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1994)},
  pages={1959--1962}
}