ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009

Analysis and utilization of MLLR speaker adaptation technique for learners' pronunciation evaluation

Dean Luo, Yu Qiao, Nobuaki Minematsu, Yutaka Yamauchi, Keikichi Hirose

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 learnersÂ’ 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.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-218

Cite as: Luo, D., Qiao, Y., Minematsu, N., Yamauchi, Y., Hirose, K. (2009) Analysis and utilization of MLLR speaker adaptation technique for learners' pronunciation evaluation. Proc. Interspeech 2009, 608-611, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-218

@inproceedings{luo09_interspeech,
  author={Dean Luo and Yu Qiao and Nobuaki Minematsu and Yutaka Yamauchi and Keikichi Hirose},
  title={{Analysis and utilization of MLLR speaker adaptation technique for learners' pronunciation evaluation}},
  year=2009,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2009},
  pages={608--611},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2009-218}
}