10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Real Voice and TTS Accent Effects on Intelligibility and Comprehension for Indian Speakers of English as a Second Language

Frederick Weber (1), Kalika Bali (2)

(1) Columbia University, USA
(2) Microsoft Research India, India

We investigate the effect of accent on comprehension of English for speakers of English as a second language in southern India. Subjects were exposed to real and TTS voices with US and several Indian accents, and were tested for intelligibility and comprehension. Performance trends indicate a measurable advantage for familiar accents, and are broken down by various demographic factors.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Weber, Frederick / Bali, Kalika (2009): "Real voice and TTS accent effects on intelligibility and comprehension for indian speakers of English as a second language", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 532-535.