5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Automatic Detection of Mispronunciation for Language Instruction

Orith Ronen, Leonardo Neumeyer, Horacio Franco

Speech Technology and Research Laboratory, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA, USA

This work is part of a project aimed at developing a speech recognition system for language instruction that can assess the quality of pronunciation, identify pronunciation problems, and provide the student with accurate feedback about specific mistakes. Previous work was mainly concerned with scoring the quality of pronunciation. In this work we focus on automatic detection of mispronunciation. While scoring quantifies the mispronunciation, detection identifies the occurrence of a specific problem. Detecting pronunciation problems is necessary for providing feedback to the student. We use pronunciation scoring techniques to evaluate the performance of our mispronunciation model.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ronen, Orith / Neumeyer, Leonardo / Franco, Horacio (1997): "Automatic detection of mispronunciation for language instruction", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 649-652.