SLaTE 2015 - Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education

Leipzig, Germany
September 4-5, 2015

Corpus-based Pronunciation Variation Rule Analysis for Singapore English

Wenda Chen, Nancy F. Chen, Boon Pang Lim, Bin Ma

Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Singapore

In this paper, we evaluate a set of linguistic rules for pronunciation variations in Singapore English. We collect and annotate a speech corpus for Singapore English and label it with IPA narrow transcriptions. Data driven pronunciation rules are derived using American English (Buckeye corpus) as a reference. We compare the data driven rules with linguistic rules proposed by phoneticians, and found that some pronunciation variations observed in Singapore English are also observed in American English, but with different frequencies of occurrence. Our analysis verifies the linguistic rules previously proposed for Singapore English and demonstrates an approach to utilizing our findings to improve pronunciation feedback.

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Bibliographic reference.  Chen, Wenda / Chen, Nancy F. / Lim, Boon Pang / Ma, Bin (2015): "Corpus-based pronunciation variation rule analysis for singapore English", In SLaTE-2015, 35-40.