Virtual infant's online acquisition of vowel categories and their mapping between dissimilar bodies

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In order to understand how humans learn speech imitation without access to detailed articulatory data of other talkers, simulated speech acquisition experiments between two virtual agents were carried out with the goal of maintaining the inter- action between the two as natural as possible. As an outcome, a novel model of infants' vowel acquisition is presented. In the experimental setup, a virtual infant learns vowels in interaction with a virtual caregiver: it babbles vowels randomly, the care- giver answers every babble with an utterance that contains the vowel uttered by the infant in addition to other vocalic content, and the infant associates its own productions to the caregiver's responses. The infant and the caregiver have different vocal tract sizes, and hence the acoustic qualities of the same vowel differ between the infant and the caregiver. The infant learns on line to map acoustic qualities of its caregiver's speech onto its own vowel articulations, allowing for instant imitation of the caregiver's vowel sounds when recognized. As opposed to previous computational studies of vowel acquisition, the infant does not need initial mappings, initial vowel primitives, or knowledge of the caregiver's vowel categories.
Originele taal-2English
TitelWorkshop on Speech Production in Automatic Speech Recognition
Aantal pagina's6
StatusPublished - 30 aug 2013
EvenementUnknown - Lyon, France
Duur: 30 aug 2013 → …

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NaamWorkshop on Speech Production in Automatic Speech Recognition

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ConferenceUnknown
Land/RegioFrance
StadLyon
Periode30/08/13 → …

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