Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

Phonensínthesis: A System for Teaching French Pronunciation to Japanese Students of French

Josafá de Jesus Aguiar Pontes, Sadaoki Furui

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Our system allows to produce high quality pronunciations for standard French language. Basically, we target at liaison in French, which is known to be one of the most challenging issues for French grapheme-to-phoneme converters. We have developed a technique that enables our system to predict most of the obligatory and forbidden liaisons precisely and accurately. Our results are comparable to the state-of-the-art systems. In addition, we utilize one of the best voice ever developed for French, in order to produce high quality speech. You will be able to input your own French text and listen to the synthesized speech. Alternatively, you can also search for a sentence from our bilingual corpus of Japanese/French sentences, and have it synthesized. Please come to see our demonstration, test our system by yourself and kindly leave your precious feedback.

Bibliographic reference.  Aguiar Pontes, Josafá de Jesus / Furui, Sadaoki (2010): "Phonensínthesis: a system for teaching French pronunciation to Japanese students of French", In L2WS-2010, paper D1-4 (abstract).