Title: Computer-based speech training for children

Authors: Hua Nong Ting, Jasmy Yunus, Sandra Vandort, Sheikh Hussain Shaikh Salleh

Addresses: Department of Electronics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia. ' Department of Electronics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia. ' Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ' Department of Microelectronics and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia

Abstract: A computer-based speech training system has been developed for children. The system is able to perform diagnostics and training in Malay language at both syllable and word level. The system allows children with difficulty in articulating plosive sounds to train with the computer to correct their speech articulation problems. Besides that, the system also provides audio and visual feedback to make the children aware of their errors of articulation. Sixteen Malay monosyllables and 16 bisyllabic Malay words are selected as the stimulus items. All these syllables and words have a plosive consonant-vowel structure (CV or CVCV). The system tests showed that it has the potential to be used in schools, homes and speech therapy clinics.

Keywords: child speech articulation; phonology; computer-based; consonant-vowel; diagnostics; Malay plosives; speaker-independent; speech training; syllable; speech therapy; children.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2004.005339

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2004 Vol.21 No.1/2, pp.52 - 57

Published online: 25 Sep 2004 *

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