4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

The Nemours Database of Dysarthric Speech

Xavier Menéndez-Pidal, James B. Polikoff, Shirley M. Peters, Jennie E. Leonzio, H. T. Bunnell

Applied Science & Engineering Laboratories (ASEL), A.I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE, USA

The Nemours database is a collection of 814 short nonsense sentences; 74 sentences spoken by each of 11 male speakers with varying degrees of dysarthria. Additionally, the database contains two connected-speech paragraphs produced by each of the 11 speakers. The database was designed to test the intelligibility of dysarthric speech before and after enhancement by various signal processing methods, and is available on CD-ROM. It can also be used to investigate general characteristics of dysarthric speech such as production error patterns. The entire database has been marked at the word level and sentences for 10 of the 11 talkers have been marked at the phoneme level as well. This paper describes the database structure and techniques adopted to improve the performance of a Discrete Hidden Markov Model (DHMM) labeler used to assign initial phoneme labels to the elements of the database. These techniques may be useful in the design of automatic recognition systems for persons with speech disorders, especially when limited amounts of training data are available.

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Bibliographic reference.  Menéndez-Pidal, Xavier / Polikoff, James B. / Peters, Shirley M. / Leonzio, Jennie E. / Bunnell, H. T. (1996): "The nemours database of dysarthric speech", In ICSLP-1996, 1962-1965.