CSE 506/606 - Computational Approaches to Speech and Language Disorders

Lectures on spoken language analysis

Instructor: Brian Roark

Class time: TuTh 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM    Aug. 10 - Aug. 17, 2006

Class location: Bronson Creek Building - Room 200B

Course Description

This course covers a range of speech and language analysis algorithms that have been developed for measurement of speech or language based markers of neurological disorders, for the creation of assistive devices, and for remedial applications. Topics will include introduction to speech and language disorders, robust speech signal processing, statistical approaches to pitch and timing modeling, voice transformation algorithms, speech segmentation, and modeling of disfluency. The class will use a wide array of clinical data, and will be closely tied to several ongoing research projects.

For these three lectures, we will focus on spoken language analysis for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

Date     Topic
Aug 10 Spoken language samples; breadth of elicitation; automated evaluation of story recall
Aug 15 Syntactic complexity
Aug 17 Entropy-based measures; longitudinal tracking

Suggested papers for presentation:

Peter F. Brown; Vincent J. Della Pietra; Robert L. Mercer; Stephen A. Della Pietra; Jennifer C. Lai. An Estimate of an Upper Bound for the Entropy of English. Computational Linguisics, 18(1), pp. 31-40. pdf

Kenji Sagae; Alon Lavie; Brian MacWhinney. Automatic Measurement of Syntactic Development in Child Language. In Proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 2005. pdf

Sarah E. Schwarm and Mari Ostendorf. Reading Level Assessment Using Support Vector Machines and Statistical Language Models. In Proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 2005. pdf

Shankle, William R., A. Kimball Romney, Junko Hara, Dennis Fortier, Malcolm B. Dick, James M. Chen, Timothy Chan, and Xijiang Sun. Methods to improve the detection of mild cognitive impairment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 102(13):4919-4924, 2005. pdf