Modeling Systematic Variations in pronunciation Modeling via a Language-Dependent Hidden Speaking Mode

The goal of this project is to utilize the results of conversational discourse analysis (e.g., prosody) to model pronunciation variations, and, more specifically, to investigate the use of a hidden speaking mode to represent systematic variations that are correlated with the word sequence (predictable from syntactic structure and thus includable into the language model). Possible systematic factors affecting pronunciation differences are local factors, such as coarticulation effects across word boundaries, linguistic factors, such as phrasing and focus (which are cued by prosodic markers that affect the acoustic realization of a word), speaking rate (which may be associated with discourse structure), and global factors, such as dialect.


Team Members 
Senior Members
Bill BryneJHU
Mari OstendorfBU
Ken RossBBN
Liz ShribergSRI
David TalkinEntropic
Alex WaibelCMU
Barbara WheatleyDoD
Graduate Students
Asela GunarwardanaCLSP
Michiel BacchianiBU
Michael FinkeCMU
Sam RoweisCaltech
Torsten ZeppenfeldCMU

Center for Language and Speech Processing