ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000
ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000

Computer-assisted English vowel learning system for Japanese speakers using cross language formant structures

Yasushi Tsubota, Masatake Dantsuji, Tatsuya Kawahara

We present a novel Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) system for Japanese students who learn English as a second language. We regard formant structure of Japanese vowels pronounced by Japanese learners of English as their own formant structure. This structure is transformed to learner’s ideal English formant structure based on the relationship between English and Japanese articulation charts both of which are corresponded with formant structure. When the learners’ English pronunciation is input, it is compared with the estimated ideal one, and articulatory instructions are given. We verified that the mapping and estimation of English vowel parameters are correct with bilingual speakers’ speech and observed the learning effect with five students who tried the system.


Cite as: Tsubota, Y., Dantsuji, M., Kawahara, T. (2000) Computer-assisted English vowel learning system for Japanese speakers using cross language formant structures. Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000), vol. 3, 566-569

@inproceedings{tsubota00_icslp,
  author={Yasushi Tsubota and Masatake Dantsuji and Tatsuya Kawahara},
  title={{Computer-assisted English vowel learning system for Japanese speakers using cross language formant structures}},
  year=2000,
  booktitle={Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)},
  pages={vol. 3, 566-569}
}