A Proposal of Mouth Shapes Sequence Code for Japanese Pronunciation
In this paper, we examine a method in which distinctive mouth shapes are processed using a computer.When lip-reading skill holders do lip-reading, they stare at the changes in mouth shape of a speaker. In recent years, some researches into lip-reading using information technology has been pursued. There are some researches based on the changes in mouth shape. The researchers analyze all data of the mouth shapes during an utterance, whereas lip-reading skill holders look at distinctive mouth shapes. We found that there was a high possibility for lip-reading by using the distinctive mouth shapes. To build the technique into a lip-reading system, we propose an expression method of the distinctive mouth shapes which can be processed using a computer. In this way, we acquire knowledge about the relation between Japanese phones and mouth shapes. We also propose a method to express order of the distinctive mouth shapes which are formed by a speaker.
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