10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Evaluation of English Intonation Based on Combination of Multiple Evaluation Scores

Akinori Ito, Tomoaki Konno, Masashi Ito, Shozo Makino

Tohoku University, Japan

In this paper, we proposed a novel method for evaluating intonation of an English utterance spoken by a learner for intonation learning by a CALL system. The proposed method is based on an intonation evaluation method proposed by Suzuki et al., which uses “word importance factors,” which are calculated based on word clusters given by a decision tree. We extended Suzuki’s method so that multiple decision trees are used and the resulting intonation scores are combined using multiple regression. As a result of an experiment, we obtained correlation coefficient comparable to the correlation between human raters.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ito, Akinori / Konno, Tomoaki / Ito, Masashi / Makino, Shozo (2009): "Evaluation of English intonation based on combination of multiple evaluation scores", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 596-599.