ISCA International Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2009)

Wroxall Abbey Estate, Warwickshire, England
September 3-5, 2009

Towards a Computer-aided Pronunciation Training System for German Learners of Mandarin

Hansjörg Mixdorff (1), Daniel Külls (1), Hussein Hussein (1), Shu Gong (2), Guoping Hu (2), Si Wei (2)

(1) Department of Informatics and Media, BHT University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
(2) Dept. EEIS, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China

The current paper discusses first investigations aimed to lay the groundwork for the development of computer-aided pronunciation training for teaching Mandarin to Germans. We conducted a contrastive analysis of the two languages leading to a set of tokens for a production and perception experiment involving German first-year students of Mandarin. Their data were perceptually evaluated by a teaching expert for Mandarin, native speakers of Mandarin as well as processed by a Mandarin automatic speech recognition system.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mixdorff, Hansjörg / Külls, Daniel / Hussein, Hussein / Gong, Shu / Hu, Guoping / Wei, Si (2009): "Towards a computer-aided pronunciation training system for German learners of Mandarin", In SLaTE-2009, 77-80.