Context-aware Goodness of Pronunciation for Computer-Assisted Pronunciation Training

08/19/2020
by   Jiatong Shi, et al.
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Mispronunciation detection is an essential component of the Computer-Assisted Pronunciation Training (CAPT) systems. State-of-the-art mispronunciation detection models use Deep Neural Networks (DNN) for acoustic modeling, and a Goodness of Pronunciation (GOP) based algorithm for pronunciation scoring. However, GOP based scoring models have two major limitations: i.e., (i) They depend on forced alignment which splits the speech into phonetic segments and independently use them for scoring, which neglects the transitions between phonemes within the segment; (ii) They only focus on phonetic segments, which fails to consider the context effects across phonemes (such as liaison, omission, incomplete plosive sound, etc.). In this work, we propose the Context-aware Goodness of Pronunciation (CaGOP) scoring model. Particularly, two factors namely the transition factor and the duration factor are injected into CaGOP scoring. The transition factor identifies the transitions between phonemes and applies them to weight the frame-wise GOP. Moreover, a self-attention based phonetic duration modeling is proposed to introduce the duration factor into the scoring model. The proposed scoring model significantly outperforms baselines, achieving 20 and 12 sentence-level mispronunciation detection respectively.

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