ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Objective intelligibility assessment of pathological speakers

Catherine Middag, Gwen Van Nuffelen, Jean-Pierre Martens, Marc De Bodt

Intelligibility is a primary measure for the assessment of pathological speech. Traditionally, it is measured using a perceptual test, which is by definition subjective in nature. Consequently, there is a great interest in reliable, automatic and therefore objective methods. This paper presents such a method that incorporates an automatic speech recognizer (ASR) for producing features that characterize the pronunciations of a speaker and an intelligibility prediction model (IPM) for converting these features into an intelligibility score. High correlations (about 0.90) between objective and perceptual scores are obtained with a system comprising two different speech recognizers: one with traditional acoustic models relating acoustical observations to triphone states and one using phonological features as an intermediate layer between the acoustical observations and the phonetic states.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-481

Cite as: Middag, C., Nuffelen, G.V., Martens, J.-P., Bodt, M.D. (2008) Objective intelligibility assessment of pathological speakers. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 1745-1748, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-481

@inproceedings{middag08_interspeech,
  author={Catherine Middag and Gwen Van Nuffelen and Jean-Pierre Martens and Marc De Bodt},
  title={{Objective intelligibility assessment of pathological speakers}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},
  pages={1745--1748},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2008-481}
}