Interactive System for Spoken European Language Training


SPELL - 5192

Keywords speech recognition, speech synthesis, language training, phonetic analysis


Start Date: 01-SEP-90 / Duration: 25 months

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Objectives and Approach

The SPELL project is a feasibility study for the use of speech recognition, synthesis and modification technology in computer-aided learning of languages.

In this study, existing technologies developed for speech recognition and computer-synthesis of speech would be complemented and tested in the context of the teaching of foreign languages. The languages involved are English, French and Italian.

Progress and Results

A demonstrator was produced at the end of the project, which shows the promise of speech technology for helping intermediate-level students improving their pronunciation of a foreign language. The prototype includes modules for teaching the correct pronunciation of vowels, and the correct rythm and intonation. The prototype was shown to a number of experts in the language teaching field. Directions for further work include:

Exploitation

The directions for further work are being addressed in the successor project SPELL II 7153, where links are established for the commercial exploitation of the resulting system.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Jean-Paul Lefevre
c/o AGORA CONSEIL
185, hameau du Chateau
F - 38360 SASSENAGE
tel: + 33/ 76-264265
fax: + 33/ 76-531639

Participants

OROS SA - F - C
TECNOPOLIS CSATA NOVUS ORTUS - I - P
CENTRE FOR SPEECH TECHNOLOGY
RESEARCH - UK - P
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI
ROMA LA SAPIENZA - I - P
ALCATEL FACE STANDARD SPA - I - P


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SPELL - 5192, December 1993


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