Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Pronunciation Variations of Spanish-Accented English Spoken by Young Children

Hong You (1), Abeer Alwan (1), Abe Kazemzadeh (2), Shrikanth Narayanan (2)

(1) University of California at Los Angeles, USA; (2) University of Southern California, USA

When learning to speak English, non-native speakers may pronounce some English phonemes differently from native speakers. These pronunciation variations can degrade an automatic speech recognition system's performance on accented English. This paper is a first attempt to find common pronunciation variations in Spanish-accented English as spoken by young children. The analysis of pronunciation variation is performed using dynamic programming-based transcription alignment on 4500 words spoken by children 5-7 years old whose first language is Spanish. The findings are then compared with linguistic hypotheses.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  You, Hong / Alwan, Abeer / Kazemzadeh, Abe / Narayanan, Shrikanth (2005): "Pronunciation variations of Spanish-accented English spoken by young children", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 749-752.