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Applying adaptive recognition of the learner’s vowel space to English pronunciation training of native speakers of Japanese

Martens, William L and Wang, Rui 2021, Applying adaptive recognition of the learner’s vowel space to English pronunciation training of native speakers of Japanese, in ETLTC2021 : Proceedings of the 3rd ETLTC International Conference on Information and Communications Technology, EDP Sciences, Les Ulis, France, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1051/shsconf/202110201004.

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Title Applying adaptive recognition of the learner’s vowel space to English pronunciation training of native speakers of Japanese
Author(s) Martens, William L
Wang, RuiORCID iD for Wang, Rui orcid.org/0000-0002-6600-6937
Conference name Information and Communications Technology. International Conference (3rd : 2021 : Fukushima, Japan)
Conference location Fukushima, Japan
Conference dates 2021/01/27 - 2021/01/30
Title of proceedings ETLTC2021 : Proceedings of the 3rd ETLTC International Conference on Information and Communications Technology
Editor(s) Roy, D
Fragulis, G
Cantu Campos, HA
Publication date 2021
Series Information and Communications Technology International Conference
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher EDP Sciences
Place of publication Les Ulis, France
Keyword(s) English pronunciation
native speakers of Japanese
adaptive recognition
learner’s vowel space
Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) environment
Summary When native speakers of Japanese are taught English as a second language, there are difficulties with their training in pronunciation of American English vowels that can be ameliorated though adaptive recognition of the learner’s vowel space. This paper reports on the development of an online Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) environment that provides Japanese learners with customized target utterances of 12 single-syllable words that are synthesized according to an adaptive recognition of the learner’s vowel space. These customized target utterances provide each learner with examples of each of 12 American English monophthongs in consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) context in order to sound as if they had been uttered by the learners themselves. This adaptive process was incorporated into a successfully developed tool for Computer-Assisted Pronunciation Training (CAPT) which gave more appropriate pronunciation targets to each learner, rather than forcing the learners to attempt to match the formant frequencies of their own utterances to those of the target utterances as produced by a speaker exhibiting a different vowel space (i.e., a speaker with a different vocal tract length).
ISSN 2261-2424
Language eng
DOI 10.1051/shsconf/202110201004
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30152374

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