11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Adapting a Duration Synthesis Model to Rate Children's Oral Reading Prosody

Minh Duong, Jack Mostow

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

We describe an automated method to assess childrenís oral reading using a prosodic synthesis model trained on multiple adultsí speech. We evaluate it against a previous method that correlated the prosodic contours of childrenís oral reading against adult narrations of the same sentences. We compare how well the two methods predict fluency and comprehension test scores and gains of 55 children ages 7-10 who used Project LISTENís Reading Tutor. The new method does better on both tasks without requiring an adult narration of every sentence.

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Bibliographic reference.  Duong, Minh / Mostow, Jack (2010): "Adapting a duration synthesis model to rate children's oral reading prosody", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 769-772.