Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2013)

Grenoble, France
August 30-September 1, 2013

Universal Contrastive Analysis as a Learning Principle in CAPT

Jacques Koreman, Preben Wik, Olaf Husby, Egil Albertsen

Department of Language and Communication Studies, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Universal contrastive analysis as a learning principle in CAPT Cross-linguistic comparison is good starting point for CAPT. For segmental contrasts, the IPA categories with their claim to phonemic universality enable a structure which ensures communicative effectiveness for learners who manage to perceive and pronounce all phoneme categories in an L2. The CALST system implements contrastive analysis in two types of exercises for phonetic and abstract listening, where users can train the perception of sounds which are not part of the L1 inventory. Since substitutions for unfamiliar sounds depend on L1, the selection of sound contrasts which are trained in the exercises should also depend on L1. We shall argue for a pragmatic approach to the selection of exercises.

Index Terms: computer-assisted pronunciation training, CAPT, CALST, sound contrasts, differential substitution

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Bibliographic reference.  Koreman, Jacques / Wik, Preben / Husby, Olaf / Albertsen, Egil (2013): "Universal contrastive analysis as a learning principle in CAPT", In SLaTE-2013, 172-177.