Auditory-Visual Speech Processing
(AVSP 2001)

September 7-9, 2001
Aalborg, Denmark

Is it Easier to Lipread One's Own Speech Gestures Than Those of Somebody Else? It Seems Not!

Jean-Luc Schwartz, Christophe Savariaux

Institut de la Communication Parlée, Grenoble, France

In this paper, we attempt to adapt an experimental procedure inspired by Beardsworth and Buckner (1981), in which they studied the ability to recognise one's own versus somebody else's walking movements. They showed that certain subjects were better at recognising themselves than at recognising their friends, thanks to "some sort of kinesthetic-visual cross-modal transfer". We study the lipreading scores of French spoken digits uttered by 6 speakers and identified by the same 6 subjects. It appears that the performances are the same whether or not the subject is also the speaker. Hence we failed in our attempt to demonstrate a perceptuo-motor transfer in this experiment.

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Bibliographic reference.  Schwartz, Jean-Luc / Savariaux, Christophe (2001): "Is it easier to lipread one's own speech gestures than those of somebody else? It seems not!", In AVSP-2001, 18-23.