Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2013)

Grenoble, France
August 30-September 1, 2013

A Corpus-Based Analysis of Korean Segments Produced by Japanese Learners

Hyejin Hong (1), Sunhee Kim (2), Minhwa Chung (1)

(1) Department of Linguistics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
(2) Speech Synthesis Research Lab, NHN Corporation, Seoul, Korea

This paper examines variations of Korean segments produced by Japanese learners of Korean. For corpus-based statistical analysis, we have used Korean read speech corpus produced by Japanese learners. Contrastive analysis of the target language and the source language is performed to provide information for interpreting the results of corpus analysis. Segmental variations are analyzed by aligning canonical phonetic transcriptions with auditory phonetic transcriptions of the corpus. The results show that (1) Japanese learners tend to demonstrate substitutions due to differences in the phonetic systems of the two languages; and (2) they are likely to omit a consonant or insert a vowel to deal with the different syllable structures. These results with detailed statistical data are useful for designing a computerassisted pronunciation training and assessment system for Japanese learners of Korean.

Index Terms: Korean language education, Japanese learners, segmental variations, computer-assisted language learning

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Bibliographic reference.  Hong, Hyejin / Kim, Sunhee / Chung, Minhwa (2013): "A corpus-based analysis of Korean segments produced by Japanese learners", In SLaTE-2013, 189-192.