ISCA Archive Interspeech 2005
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2005

Pronunciation variations of Spanish-accented English spoken by young children

Hong You, Abeer Alwan, Abe Kazemzadeh, Shrikanth Narayanan

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.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2005-349

Cite as: You, H., Alwan, A., Kazemzadeh, A., Narayanan, S. (2005) Pronunciation variations of Spanish-accented English spoken by young children. Proc. Interspeech 2005, 749-752, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2005-349

@inproceedings{you05_interspeech,
  author={Hong You and Abeer Alwan and Abe Kazemzadeh and Shrikanth Narayanan},
  title={{Pronunciation variations of Spanish-accented English spoken by young children}},
  year=2005,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2005},
  pages={749--752},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2005-349}
}