End-to-End Mispronunciation Detection and Diagnosis From Raw Waveforms

Bi Cheng Yan, Berlin Chen

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Abstract

Mispronunciation detection and diagnosis (MDD) is designed to identify pronunciation errors and provide instructive feedback to guide non-native language learners, which is a core component in computer-assisted pronunciation training (CAPT) systems. However, MDD often suffers from the data-sparsity problem due to that collecting non-native data and the associated annotations is time-consuming and labor-intensive. To address this issue, we explore a fully end-to-end (E2E) neural model for MDD, which processes learners' speech directly based on raw waveforms. Compared to conventional hand-crafted acoustic features, raw waveforms retain more acoustic phenomena and potentially can help neural networks discover better and more customized representations. To this end, our MDD model adopts a co-called SincNet module to take input a raw waveform and covert it to a suitable vector representation sequence. SincNet employs the cardinal sine (sinc) function to implement learnable bandpass filters, drawing inspiration from the convolutional neural network (CNN). By comparison to CNN, SincNet has fewer parameters and is more amenable to human interpretation. Extensive experiments are conducted on the L2-ARCTIC dataset, which is a publicly-available non-native English speech corpus compiled for research on CAPT. We find that the sinc filters of SincNet can be adapted quickly for non-native language learners of different nationalities. Furthermore, our model can achieve comparable mispronunciation detection performance in relation to state-of-the-art E2E MDD models that take input the standard handcrafted acoustic features. Besides that, our model also provides considerable improvements on phone error rate (PER) and diagnosis accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2021 - Proceedings
PublisherEuropean Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO
Pages61-65
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789082797060
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event29th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2021 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2021 Aug 232021 Aug 27

Publication series

NameEuropean Signal Processing Conference
Volume2021-August
ISSN (Print)2219-5491

Conference

Conference29th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2021
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityDublin
Period2021/08/232021/08/27

Keywords

  • Computer assisted pronunciation training (CAPT)
  • Mispronunciation detection and diagnosis (MDD)
  • Raw waveforms
  • Sincnet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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