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Voice onset time and global foreign accent in German–French simultaneous bilinguals during adulthood

Tatjana Lein, Tanja Kupisch, Joost van de Weijer
2016 International Journal of Bilingualism  
Methodology: Specifically, we analyzed the voice onset time (VOT) of the voiceless stop /k/ in the spontaneous speech of 14 German-French bilinguals who grew up in France or Germany.  ...  up in different countries, which allows us to evaluate the impact of their childhood environment on VOT development.  ...  In other words, even if bilinguals develop separate categories early in life, these categories may change later in life. In what follows, we summarize existing research on VOT in French and German.  ... 
doi:10.1177/1367006915589424 fatcat:vqbv4yybn5gb7mloakbv54gc34

Transfer Learning from Monolingual ASR to Transcription-free Cross-lingual Voice Conversion [article]

Che-Jui Chang
2020 arXiv   pre-print
We experiment this on Voice Conversion Challenge 2020 datasets and show that our speaker-dependent conversion model outperforms the zero-shot baseline, achieving MOS of 3.83 and 3.54 in speech quality  ...  Cross-lingual voice conversion (VC) is a task that aims to synthesize target voices with the same content while source and target speakers speak in different languages.  ...  Our experiment suggests the shared content representations are effective in bridging content gaps for different languages and lead to higher quality and similarity scores compared with our baselines.  ... 
arXiv:2009.14668v1 fatcat:2hr3hlezujbtxcffnj7scz4hua

Techniques for Crosslingual Voice Conversion

Anderson Fraiha Machado, Marcelo Queiroz
2010 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia  
The crosslingual voice conversion problem refers to the replacement of a speaker's timbre or vocal identity in a recorded sentence, assuming that the source speaker and target speaker use different languages  ...  This problem differs from typical voice conversion in the sense that the mapping of acoustical features cannot depend on time-aligned recordings of source and target speakers uttering the same sentences  ...  One possible solution is the use of a bilingual speaker which is fluent in both L S and L T .  ... 
doi:10.1109/ism.2010.62 dblp:conf/ism/MachadoQ10 fatcat:psusz7b3sfhlhkfclyb5snce3m

Voice onset time in Spanish–English spontaneous code-switching

Page Piccinini, Amalia Arvaniti
2015 Journal of Phonetics  
Research on the phonetics of code-switching has focused on voice onset time (VOT) and has yielded mixed results regarding cross-language interaction, possibly due to differences in data used (scripted  ...  Here VOT was measured in a corpus of spontaneous code-switching speech elicited from a homogeneous group of early bilinguals in conversation with and without distraction (completion of jigsaw puzzles).  ...  Finally, thank you to the members of the UCSD Phonetics Lab, the Phon Company, and three anonymous reviewers for advice and comments.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2015.07.004 fatcat:cttbqymg3beg5a6frziymoo7am

Automatic estimation of the first three subglottal resonances from adults' speech signals with application to speaker height estimation

Harish Arsikere, Gary K.F. Leung, Steven M. Lulich, Abeer Alwan
2013 Speech Communication  
content and language (English and Spanish).  ...  Recent research has demonstrated the usefulness of subglottal resonances (SGRs) in speaker normalization.  ...  The work was supported in part by NSF Grant no. 0905381.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.specom.2012.06.004 fatcat:5xrcwjgbmnfi3luqp4sbrfzixa

Can we steal your vocal identity from the Internet?: Initial investigation of cloning Obama's voice using GAN, WaveNet and low-quality found data

Jaime Lorenzo-Trueba, Fuming Fang, Xin Wang, Isao Echizen, Junichi Yamagishi, Tomi Kinnunen
2018 Odyssey 2018 The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop  
Using the enhanced data, we trained state-of-the-art text-to-speech and voice conversion models and evaluated them in terms of perceptual speech quality and speaker similarity.  ...  of the source speech without significantly degrading the naturalness of the voice.  ...  Only the tasks were different: 1) rate the quality of the voice in each speech sample, ignoring the effects of background noise and 2) rate the similarity of the voice to that of the spoofed speaker (i.e  ... 
doi:10.21437/odyssey.2018-34 dblp:conf/odyssey/Lorenzo-TruebaF18 fatcat:y4wpkijikngifof4zlg5tkohye

TEACHING ACADEMIC ESL WRITING: PRACTICAL TECHNIQUES IN VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR

Alissa Cohen
2005 Studies in Second Language Acquisition  
PARAMETER SETTING IN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION.  ...  + This chapter also reviews the concept of parameter setting for language changes, creole formation, computational linguistics, and neurolinguistics, ending with a brief discussion of Universal Grammar  ...  more+ Ethnographic data on learners interacting with native speakers indicates that hosts' attitudes toward learners and the learnability of the language can play a role in quality of input, because "foreigner  ... 
doi:10.1017/s0272263105240056 fatcat:22zwinztfzcgpo3lbyzsg5rviu

Express-ability in ELF communication

Michaela Albl-Mikasa
2013 Journal of English as a Lingua Franca  
Moreover, the interpreters put the adverse effects of ELF speaker output on their cognitive processing down to the speakers' restricted power of expression.  ...  This is paralleled by empirical evidence from ELF speakers in TELF (the Tübingen English as a Lingua Franca corpus and database), who put into perspective their general feeling that they can cope in ELF  ...  In more concrete terms, languages with the grammatical means of marking imperfective aspect sensitize their speakers to the phasal qualities of events; this greater sensitivity to the phasal qualities  ... 
doi:10.1515/jelf-2013-0005 fatcat:7c7l3odhtnds5ffcetwguuk75u

Interpreting Architecture: The ARCHINT Corpus

Tamara Cabrera
2016 Tradumàtica tecnologies de la traducció  
This article introduces the ARCHINT (Architecture in Interpreting) Corpus, a parallel, bilingual, unidirectional corpus consisting of ten video recorded conference presentations in English, their simultaneous  ...  In addition, the article places ARCHINT in line with Corpus-based Interpreting Studies (CIS).  ...  Among other applications, it has been used to explore the effects of directionality and, following Baker's work on the study of Translation as a variety of language behavior (Baker, 1995) , it has also  ... 
doi:10.5565/rev/tradumatica.145 fatcat:ymcska37zzev7coqw3olokuduy

Intent transfer in speech-to-speech machine translation

Gopala Krishna Anumanchipalli, Luis C. Oliveira, Alan W Black
2012 2012 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT)  
This paper presents an approach for transfer of speaker intent in speech-to-speech machine translation (S2SMT).  ...  We then propose an approach for training an appropriate transfer function for intonation on a parallel speech corpus in the two languages within which the translation is carried out.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The authors thank Hugo Meneido for recording the en-pt parallel speech corpus and the sentences used in the illustrations; Tiago Luís for generating text alignments and Helena Moniz for  ... 
doi:10.1109/slt.2012.6424214 dblp:conf/slt/AnumanchipalliOB12 fatcat:cnwguz7forf6vmd66xmvsnbcc4

Longitudinal Developments in Bilingual Second Language Acquisition and First Language Attrition of Speech: The Case of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Lisa Kornder, Ineke Mennen
2021 Languages  
The purpose of this investigation was to trace first (L1) and second language (L2) segmental speech development in the Austrian German–English late bilingual Arnold Schwarzenegger over a period of 40 years  ...  To this end, acoustic measurements of voice onset time (VOT) durations of word-initial plosives (Study 1) and formant frequencies of the first and second formant of Austrian German and English monophthongs  ...  Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.  ... 
doi:10.3390/languages6020061 fatcat:6ah7dtk4vnavjftgmvmqibkj34

Tone Attrition in Mandarin Speakers of Varying English Proficiency

Carolyn Quam, Sarah C. Creel
2017 Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research  
Structured Abstract Purpose: To determine whether degree of dominance of Mandarin-English bilinguals' languages impacts phonetic processing of tone content in their native language, Mandarin.  ...  Method: We tested 72 Mandarin-English bilingual college students with a range of languagedominance profiles in the two languages and ages of acquisition of English.  ...  ; Jing Shen and Crane Huang consulted on the Mandarin language; and Roger Levy consulted on both Mandarin and statistics.  ... 
doi:10.1044/2016_jslhr-s-15-0248 pmid:28124064 pmcid:PMC5533551 fatcat:r52ccoqjlbf4tk3lf3ts255ct4

Authenticity and Unification in Quechua Language Planning

Nancy H. Hornberger, Kendall A. King
1998 Language, Culture and Curriculum  
One case examines an orthographic debate which arose in the process of establishing an official orthography for Quechua at the national level in Peru.  ...  One case examines an orthographic debate which arose in the process of establishing an official orthography for Quechua at the national level in Peru.  ...  Uncertainties about whether to publish and in which alphabet had obvious detrimental effects on the availability, consistency, and quality of Quechua language education and materials for Quechua learners  ... 
doi:10.1080/07908319808666564 fatcat:shgupnyd7bdwjb36kapkeix4va

Language change and linguistic inquiry in a world of multicompetence: Sustained phonetic drift and its implications for behavioral linguistic research

Charles B. Chang
2019 Journal of Phonetics  
Adult native English speakers recently arrived in Korea showed significant changes in their production of English stops and vowels (in terms of voice onset time, fundamental frequency, and formant frequencies  ...  Consistent with an INCIDENTAL PROCESSING HYPOTHESIS (IPH) concerning the processing of ambient linguistic input, some changes persisted even in speakers who reported limited active use of Korean in their  ...  in voiced stop production-one that did not simply reflect change in the frequency or robustness of closure voicing-the analysis of voiced stops was limited to tokens representing their typical short-lag  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2019.03.001 fatcat:zdyhsfjhqjdhxmugge5k3xylsy

The Sequence-to-Sequence Baseline for the Voice Conversion Challenge 2020: Cascading ASR and TTS [article]

Wen-Chin Huang, Tomoki Hayashi, Shinji Watanabe, Tomoki Toda
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Official evaluation results show that our system comes out top among the participating systems in terms of conversion similarity, demonstrating the promising ability of seq2seq models to convert speaker  ...  voice of the target with a text-to-speech (TTS) model.  ...  In conversion, the source speaker's voice in the source language is converted as if it was uttered by the target speaker while keeping linguistic contents unchanged.  ... 
arXiv:2010.02434v1 fatcat:cxenjw6du5fh3gz72olfnfvnfa
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