Perceptual differentiation modeling explains phoneme mispronunciation by non-native speakers
2011 (English)In: ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings, 2011, 5704-5707 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
One of the difficulties in second language (L2) learning is the weakness in discriminating between acoustic diversity within an L2 phoneme category and between different categories. In this paper, we describe a general method to quantitatively measure the perceptual difference between a group of native and individual non-native speakers. Normally, this task includes subjective listening tests and/or a thorough linguistic study. We instead use a totally automated method based on a psycho-acoustic auditory model. For a certain phoneme class, we measure the similarity of the Euclidean space spanned by the power spectrum of a native speech signal and the Euclidean space spanned by the auditory model output. We do the same for a non-native speech signal. Comparing the two similarity measurements, we find problematic phonemes for a given speaker. To validate our method, we apply it to different groups of non-native speakers of various first language (L1) backgrounds. Our results are verified by the theoretical findings in literature obtained from linguistic studies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. 5704-5707 p.
, International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing ICASSP, ISSN 1520-6149
second language learning, auditory model, distortion measure, perceptual differentiation ratio, phoneme
Other Computer and Information Science Computer Science Signal Processing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-39053DOI: 10.1109/ICASSP.2011.5947655ISI: 000296062406103ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80051656916ISBN: 978-1-4577-0537-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-39053DiVA: diva2:439332
36th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2011; Prague; 22 May 2011 through 27 May 2011
QC 201111172011-09-072011-09-072012-09-14Bibliographically approved