Comparison of GMM-HMM and DNN-HMM based pronunciation verification techniques for use in the assessment of childhood apraxia of speech

Mostafa Shahin, Beena Ahmed, Jacqueline McKechnie, Kirrie Ballard, Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna

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This paper introduces a pronunciation verification method to be used in an automatic assessment therapy tool of child disordered speech. The proposed method creates a phonebased search lattice that is flexible enough to cover all probable mispronunciations. This allows us to verify the correctness of the pronunciation and detect the incorrect phonemes produced by the child. We compare between two different acoustic models, the conventional GMM-HMM and the hybrid DNN-HMM. Results show that the hybrid DNNHMM outperforms the conventional GMM-HMM for all experiments on both normal and disordered speech. The total correctness accuracy of the system at the phoneme level is above 85% when used with disordered speech.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1583-1587
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Automatic speech recognition
  • Computer aided pronunciation learning
  • Deep learning
  • Pronunciation verification
  • Speech therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Signal Processing
  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation

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