4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Accent Identification

Carlos Teixeira, Isabel M. Trancoso, António Serralheiro

Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Lisboa Apartado, Portugal

Foreign accent identification is a new challenging problem closely related to other relatively recent fields of the multilinguality area such as dialect identification and language identification. This paper describes an automatic identification system for English accents from 6 different European countries. The approachis basedon a parallel set of ergodic nets with context independent HMM units. The ergodic topology was also substituted by pronunciation transcription constraints in order to integrate accent specific automatic word recognisers. Considering the complexity of the task, the results can be considered encouraging for further research.

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Bibliographic reference.  Teixeira, Carlos / Trancoso, Isabel M. / Serralheiro, António (1996): "Accent identification", In ICSLP-1996, 1784-1787.