ISCA International Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2011)

Venice, Italy
August 24-26, 2011

Dealing with L1 background and L2 dialects in Norwegian CAPT

Olaf Husby (1), Åsta Øvregaard (1), Preben Wik (2), Øyvind Bech (1), Egil Albertsen (1), Sissel Nefzaoui (1), Eli Skarpnes (1), Jacques Koreman (1)

(1) Department of Language and Communication Studies, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
(2) Department of Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

This article describes the CALST project, in which the primary aim is to develop Ville-N, a CAPT system for learners of Norwegian as a second language. Since there is no accepted pronunciation standard in Norwegian, the system uses four dialects (represented by one male and one female speaker each). Ville-N makes use of L1-L2map, a tool for multi-lingual contrastive analysis, to generate a list of expected pronunciation problems. These can be used to tailor pronunciation and listening exercises. The tool can also be used for other target languages. We propose L1-L2map as a collaborative tool for the CAPT community.
Index Terms. CAPT, Ville-N, Norwegian, dialects, multi-lingual contrastive analysis, L1-L2map

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Bibliographic reference.  Husby, Olaf / Øvregaard, Åsta / Wik, Preben / Bech, Øyvind / Albertsen, Egil / Nefzaoui, Sissel / Skarpnes, Eli / Koreman, Jacques (2011): "Dealing with L1 background and L2 dialects in Norwegian CAPT", In SLaTE-2011, 133-136.