10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Analysis and Utilization of MLLR Speaker Adaptation Technique for Learners' Pronunciation Evaluation

Dean Luo (1), Yu Qiao (1), Nobuaki Minematsu (1), Yutaka Yamauchi (2), Keikichi Hirose (1)

(1) University of Tokyo, Japan
(2) Tokyo International University, Japan

In this paper, we investigate the effects and problems of MLLR speaker adaptation when applied to pronunciation evaluation. Automatic scoring and error detection experiments are conducted on two publicly available databases of Japanese learners’ English pronunciation. As we expected, over-adaptation causes misjudge of pronunciation accuracy. Following these experiments, two novel methods, Forced-aligned GOP scoring and Regularized-MLLR adaptation, are proposed to solve the adverse effects of MLLR adaption. Experimental results show that the proposed methods can better utilize MLLR adaptation and avoid over-adaptation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Luo, Dean / Qiao, Yu / Minematsu, Nobuaki / Yamauchi, Yutaka / Hirose, Keikichi (2009): "Analysis and utilization of MLLR speaker adaptation technique for learners' pronunciation evaluation", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 608-611.