4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Detection of Foreign Speakers' Pronunciation Errors for Second Language Training - Preliminary Results

Maxine Eskenazi

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA LIMSI CNRS, Orsay, France

With the present generation of speech recognizers, dealing with speaker-independent continuous speech and medium-sized vocabularies, the possibilities of applications become larger. Yet some applications have not yet been tried, or have been tried with heavy constraints on the user, due to expected poor recognition performance. And the lack of results to date in the domain of prosody has severely limited use of that information. Researchers may be overly pessimistic. Herein we explore the possibility of using CMU’s SPHINX II recognizer and of obtaining correct prosody information in order to implement it in a system to aid in foreign language learning.

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Bibliographic reference.  Eskenazi, Maxine (1996): "Detection of foreign speakers' pronunciation errors for second language training - preliminary results", In ICSLP-1996, 1465-1468.