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Hidden-articulator Markov models for pronunciation evaluation

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2 Author(s)
Tepperman, J. ; Viterbi Sch. of Eng., Univ. of Southern California, CA ; Narayanan, S.

The design of a robust language-learning system, intended to help students practice a foreign language along with a machine tutor, must provide for localization of common pronunciation errors. This paper presents a new technique for unsupervised detection of phone-level mispronunciations, created with language-learning applications in mind. Our method uses multiple hidden-articulator Markov models to asynchronously classify acoustic events in various articulatory domains. It requires no human input besides a pronunciation dictionary for all words in the end system's vocabulary, and has been shown to perform as well as a human tutor would, given the same task. For the majority of systematic mispronunciations investigated in this study, precision in detecting the presence of an error exceeded the 70% inter-annotator agreement reported by our test corpus

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Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, 2005 IEEE Workshop on

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27-27 Nov. 2005