INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP
The Christiansen model of word segmentation  is a connectionist framework for modeling how infants combine multiple cues in learning and processing language. Most studies applying this model assume idealized input with adult-like representations of phonemes and features, with little or no degradation of the input signal. From these studies, it is difficult to tell if the model is robust to non-idealized, noisy input, which may correspond more closely to an infant languagelearner’s experience.
This study tests the robustness of the Christiansen model by providing input from a minimally-trained phone recognizer on infant-directed speech. Some degradation of performance is observed, but the model still performs above chance. This finding represents a first step in developing more realistic input representations for models of child language acquisition.
Bibliographic reference. Rytting, C. Anton (2006): "Finding the gaps: applying a connectionist model of word segmentation to noisy phone-recognized speech data", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 2062-Tue3CaP.14.