MIAPARLE: Online training for discrimination and production of stress contrasts

Sandra Schwab, Jean-Philippe Goldman


MIAPARLE is a web application for the general public that is designed to offer an innovative range of CAPT (computer-aided pronunciation teaching) tools for second language (L2) learners. In this paper, we describe MIAPARLE, a web application that focuses on stress perception and production in L2. Such a tool is particularly useful for speakers whose L1 is a fixed-stress language, such as French. These speakers have difficulties perceiving and discriminating stress contrasts, and therefore struggle when producing them. To help them with this so-called stress 'deafness', we present a methodology for perception training which is based on successive questions in which a visual pattern is associated with the stress pattern of a lexical item. After successively completing pre-tests, training and post-tests in the perception part, the participant is given their improvement score, i.e., the difference between pre- to post-test scores. In the production part, the participant is shown pictures and has to pronounce the word for the item they see in Spanish. The participant's production is acoustically analyzed and visually represented with the stressed syllable highlighted. A comparison between the participant's production and the Spanish word's canonical production serves as feedback.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-116

Cite as: Schwab, S., Goldman, J. (2018) MIAPARLE: Online training for discrimination and production of stress contrasts. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 572-576, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-116.


@inproceedings{Schwab2018,
  author={Sandra Schwab and Jean-Philippe Goldman},
  title={MIAPARLE: Online training for discrimination and production of stress contrasts},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={572--576},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-116},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-116}
}