Talebob: An Interactive Speech Trainer for Danish

Peter Juel Henrichsen

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    Abstract

    Talebob ("Speech Bob") is an interactive language learning tool for pupils (10+ years) helping them practice their pronunciation of simple, highly frequent phrases in Danish. Talebob’s feedback is based on acoustic measurements (for pitch and intensity), presented to the user as helpful instructions for improvement. Talebob is currently being tested in schools in Nuuk, Hafnarfjörður and Tórshavn where Danish is taught as a second language (L2); we present some preliminary results. We conclude with a discussion of the didactic relevance of Talebob and computer-assisted language learning in general, exploiting the IT-curiosity of modern pupils.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics
    EditorsBeáta Megyesi
    Place of PublicationLinköping
    PublisherLinköping University Electronic Press
    Publication date2015
    Pages79-86
    ISBN (Print)9789175190983
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventNODALIDA 2015: The 20th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics - Vilnius, Lithuania
    Duration: 11 May 201513 May 2015
    Conference number: 20
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    Conference

    ConferenceNODALIDA 2015: The 20th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics
    Number20
    CountryLithuania
    CityVilnius
    Period11/05/201513/05/2015
    Internet address
    SeriesNEALT (Northern European Association of Language Technology) Proceedings Series
    Volume23
    ISSN1736-6305

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    Juel Henrichsen, P. (2015). Talebob: An Interactive Speech Trainer for Danish. In B. Megyesi (Ed.), Proceedings of the 20th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics (pp. 79-86). Linköping University Electronic Press. NEALT (Northern European Association of Language Technology) Proceedings Series, Vol.. 23 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/109/012/ecp15109012.pdf