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Tongue Gestures Awareness and Pronunciation Training


Pronunciation training based on speech production techniques illustrating tongue movements is gaining popularity. However, there is not sufficient evidence that learners can imitate some tongue animation. In this paper, we investigated human awareness of controlling their tongue body gestures. In a first experiment, participants were asked to perform some tongue movements. This task was evaluated by observing ultrasound imaging of the tongue recorded during the experiment. In a second experiment, a short session of training was added where participants can observe ultrasound imaging in realtime of their own tongue movements. The goal was to increase their awareness of their tongue gestures. A pre-test and post-test were carried out without any feedback. The results suggest that it is not easy to finely control tongue body gestures; and that we gain in performance after a short training session which suggests that providing visual feedback improves tongue gesture awareness.
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inria-00602418 , version 1 (22-06-2011)


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Slim Ouni. Tongue Gestures Awareness and Pronunciation Training. 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association - Interspeech 2011, Aug 2011, Florence, Italy. ⟨inria-00602418⟩
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