MIAPARLE: A set of computer-based tools for the acquisition of prosody in a second language

Responsible:  Volker Dellwo & Sandra Schwab
Duration of the project: 2018-2019

Project Description:

MIAPARLE (miaparle.unige.ch) is a web application that will provide perceptual trainings on two specific prosodic features that have been shown to be problematic for L2 learners: lexical stress contrasts and tone contrasts. It will fill an important gap in L2 teaching, and especially in computer-assisted pronunciation training (CAPT) applications, where prosody is often overlooked. In combination with more general teaching methods, MIAPARLE, through its innovative nature, user-friendliness and effectiveness, will constitute an essential tool in the process of learning a second language.
 

Publications (or conference presentation):

  1. Goldman, J.-P. & Schwab, S. (2018). MIAPARLE: Online training to improve discrimination of stress contrasts. LREC, Miyazaki, Japan, May 7-12, 2018.
  2. Schwab, S. & Goldman, J.-P. (2018). MIAPARLE: Online training for the discrimination and production of stress contrasts, Speech Prosody, Poznan, Poland, June 13-16, 2018.
  3. Schwab, S. & Goldman, J.-P. (2018). MIAPARLE: online computer-assisted pronunciation teaching tools for the acquisition of L2 stress contrasts. Day of Swiss Linguistics, Bern, October 12, 2018.


 Keywords: CAPT, L2 prosody acquisition, stress contrasts

Funding source(s): UZH-UNIGE joint seed project
Partners (if applicable): UNIGE