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HMM-Based Non-Native Accent Assessment Using Posterior Features

Ramya Rasipuram, Milos Cernak, Mathew Magimai-Doss
2016 Interspeech 2016  
The three fundamental challenges in automatic accent assessment are to characterize, model and assess individual variation in speech of the non-native speaker.  ...  Automatic non-native accent assessment has many potential benefits in language learning and speech technologies.  ...  As shown in Fig 1(b) , the text spoken by the non-native speaker is converted to a sequence of lexical units using a pronunciation lexicon.  ... 
doi:10.21437/interspeech.2016-750 dblp:conf/interspeech/RasipuramCM16 fatcat:7pzooxb7znb6jdxe5vrgsoezcq

Alignment in second language dialogue

Albert Costa, Martin J. Pickering, Antonella Sorace
2008 Language and Cognitive Processes  
In this case at least, the L2 speaker non-automatically overrides her tendency to align lexically.  ...  the native speaker to align.  ... 
doi:10.1080/01690960801920545 fatcat:56qj6oyblbcq3pitspfmakp52a

Phonotactics and Articulatory Coordination Interact in Phonology: Evidence from Nonnative Production

Lisa Davidson
2006 Cognitive Science  
The interaction of ALIGNMENT and RELEASE constraints accounts for why speakers produce non-native sequences by failing to adequately overlap the articulation of the consonants.  ...  This paper explores how the relationship between coordination and phonotactics affects speakers producing non-native sequences.  ...  mistiming might arise on the surface when speakers attempt to produce non-native sequences.  ... 
doi:10.1207/s15516709cog0000_73 pmid:21702839 fatcat:dcztworrlrbdfex4fcygil5lui

Verbal Self-Monitoring in the Second Language

Wouter P. J. Broos, Wouter Duyck, Robert J. Hartsuiker
2016 Language Learning  
Speakers monitor their own speech for errors. To do so, they may rely on perception of their own speech (external monitoring) but also on an internal speech representation (internal monitoring).  ...  It was found that participants pronounce non-native phonemes in a more native-English manner after having spoken with a native speaker as opposed to a non-native speaker.  ...  Finally, the first language of the speaker can also influence the amount of lexical alignment.  ... 
doi:10.1111/lang.12189 fatcat:xg4e2pv6hjarvbqnkqkn4m2cv4

Automatic Detection of Accent and Lexical Pronunciation Errors in Spontaneous Non-Native English Speech

Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, Kate M. Knill, Mark J.F. Gales
2020 Interspeech 2020  
Three annotated corpora of non-native English speech by speakers of multiple L1s are analysed, the consistency of human annotation investigated and a method presented for detecting individual accent and  ...  This paper presents an approach to these tasks by distinguishing between lexical errors, wherein the speaker does not know how a particular word is pronounced, and accent errors, wherein the candidate's  ...  Another common approach is dynamic time warping (DTW) [13] to align and compare the non-native speaker's utterance to an utterance of identical text by a native.  ... 
doi:10.21437/interspeech.2020-2881 dblp:conf/interspeech/KyriakopoulosKG20 fatcat:vfsdev64cza5bou2b2uv5mjhr4

The effect of teaching English phonotactics on the lexical segmentation of English as a foreign language

Faisal Al-jasser
2008 System (Linköping)  
The study involved a native English-speaking group (N = 12), a non-native control group (N = 20); and a non-native experimental group (N = 20).  ...  This paper reports on an intervention study which investigated the effect of teaching English phonotactics upon Arabic speakers' lexical segmentation of running speech in English.  ...  I am also indebted to my Ph.D. supervisors Dr. Martha Young-Scholten and Dr. Ghada Khattab for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this article. My thanks also go to Dr.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.system.2007.12.002 fatcat:gtllibkm5jgnphsiobavp7ssoi

Linguistic alignment between people and computers

Holly P. Branigan, Martin J. Pickering, Jamie Pearson, Janet F. McLean
2010 Journal of Pragmatics  
An isolated speaker 1 producing a monologue has to work on her own model of what to say, together with assumptions about the presumed audience.  ...  In this paper, we say that interlocutors who converge on linguistic behavior have aligned their behavior, and use the term alignment to refer to such convergence.  ...  that native speakers did not align more overall with non-native speakers than with native speakers, and Pearson et al. (2006b) found that speakers showed more lexical alignment with a 'non-native' interlocutor  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2009.12.012 fatcat:vps4sbyz5rafblc7jw2vuhr7my

Using Prosody to Discover Word Order Alternations in a Novel Language

Anouschka Foltz, Sarah Cooper, Tamsin M. McKelvey
2019 Interspeech 2019  
Native speakers of a language can use prosodic phrasing to disambiguate syntactically ambiguous sentences [1] .  ...  Native English speakers with no knowledge of German were trained with simple main clause sentences as well as complex sentences containing a subordinate clause.  ...  Introduction Native speakers of a language can use prosodic phrasing to disambiguate syntactically ambiguous sentences [1] .  ... 
doi:10.21437/interspeech.2019-1183 dblp:conf/interspeech/FoltzCM19 fatcat:wcmu4nri4rdepill5qpbcqjdla

Word durations in non-native English

Rachel E. Baker, Melissa Baese-Berk, Laurent Bonnasse-Gahot, Midam Kim, Kristin J. Van Engen, Ann R. Bradlow
2011 Journal of Phonetics  
However, both AE and non-native speakers showed sensitivity to lexical predictability by reducing second mentions and high-frequency words.  ...  In this study, we compare the effects of English lexical features on word duration for native and nonnative English speakers and for non-native speakers with different L1s and a range of L2 experience.  ...  Acknowledgments We would like to thank Kelsey Mok for her excellent measurements, Page Piccinini for assistance with running the experiment, and both of them for their assistance in developing the alignment  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2010.10.006 pmid:21516172 pmcid:PMC3079929 fatcat:mfvzqjxl3rdoxfqo3ppurzgwie

"Toned-up" Spanish [chapter]

John M. Lipski
2016 Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory  
In Equatorial Guinea Spanish is in contact with lexical tone languages of the Bantu family.  ...  acquired F0 patterns may be facilitated by the metrical structure of Spanish, which provides for regularly occurring pitch accents whose maximum potential density is similar to that of H tones in Bubi  ...  Each gender group included five native speakers of Fang and five native speakers of Bubi. The age range was 25-47.  ... 
doi:10.1075/rllt.9.13lip fatcat:sbyvf73xpfca5gas2aqncb6qm4

Improving proper name recognition by means of automatically learned pronunciation variants

Bert Réveil, Jean-Pierre Martens, Henk van den Heuvel
2012 Speech Communication  
This paper introduces a novel lexical modeling approach that aims to improve large vocabulary proper name recognition for native and non-native speakers.  ...  The proposed method was evaluated on person name and geographical name recognition, two economically interesting domains in which nonnative speakers as well as non-native names occur very frequently.  ...  non-native speakers in our lexical training data.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.specom.2011.10.007 fatcat:lsvvatsyynav3cptjqleq7s2sa

Human cortical encoding of pitch in tonal and non-tonal languages

Yuanning Li, Claire Tang, Junfeng Lu, Jinsong Wu, Edward F Chang
2021 Nature Communications  
Native Mandarin- and English- speaking participants each listened to both Mandarin and English speech, while neural activity was directly recorded from the non-primary auditory cortex.  ...  In tonal languages, such as Mandarin Chinese, pitch contours of syllables distinguish one word from another, whereas in non-tonal languages, such as English, pitch is used to convey intonation.  ...  We would also like to thank Yanming Zhu for the help with data collection.  ... 
doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21430-x pmid:33608548 fatcat:cskowtnayfhjzehafy4wvpcmtu

A Scoring Method for Second Language Writing Based on Word Alignment

Katsunori Kotani, Takehiko Yoshimi
2011 Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences  
To solve this problem, we developed a method that assigns scores (continuous values) to L2 learner sentences by examining the degree to which L2 learners use erroneous expressions arising from unnatural  ...  One evaluation approach is to automatically classify L2 learner sentences into either natural or unnatural sentences.  ...  [4] examined the corresponding lexical properties (word alignment) between L2 learner sentences/native speaker sentences and L1 sentences in order to determine whether L2 learners use literally translated  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.10.581 fatcat:2tw75bkwafbzpfvd2yaplkvycy

Repeat after us: Syntactic alignment is not partner-specific

Rachel Ostrand, Victor S. Ferreira
2019 Journal of Memory and Language  
Here, we investigate whether speakers align partner-specifically even without a communicative need, and thus whether the mechanism driving alignment is sensitive to communicative and social factors of  ...  Thus, when partner-specificity does not add communicative utility, speakers align to aggregate, partner-independent statistical distributions, supporting a communicatively-modulated mechanism underlying  ...  Acknowledgements Thanks to Sarah Creel and Ben Bergen for helpful discussions and experimental advice and Dan Kleinman for help with statistical analyses.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.jml.2019.104037 pmid:31379406 pmcid:PMC6677274 fatcat:26ddaf3yhzftxibyduxfrzdkgi

Information Status and Prosodic Prominence as Perceived by Korean Learners of English

Suyeon Im
2019 Lanaguage Research  
The two groups, however, differ in that Korean native speakers tend to more frequently perceive prominence for words carrying lexical information than English native speakers.  ...  The results show that Korean native speakers perceive prosodic prominence in a similar manner to that of English native speakers.  ...  Korean native speakers are more likely to rate prominence on lexically given or new words than are English native speakers.  ... 
doi:10.30961/lr.2019.55.2.413 fatcat:yshpiodfaba5jdmjnyy7vgdz3u
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