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

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

Automatic Assessment of Non-Native Prosody

Florian Hönig, Anton Batliner, Karl Weilhammer, Elmar Nöth

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Wrong placement of word accents as well as any `non-native' prosody such as the transfer of `syllable-timed' rhythm onto English which is `stress-timed' can have a strong impact on (native) listeners and should be avoided. Thus, they should be addressed in CAPT applications.
   To this aim, we present a demonstrator that is able to estimate the position of the word accent and the probability of an erroneous word accent position. Moreover, the quality of intonation and rhythm is estimated; the system is trained with annotations obtained from American and British natives.

Bibliographic reference.  Hönig, Florian / Batliner, Anton / Weilhammer, Karl / Nöth, Elmar (2009): "Automatic assessment of non-native prosody", In SLaTE-2009 (abstract).