Towards the Acquisition of a Sensorimotor Vocal Tract Action Repository within a Neural Model of Speech Processing

  • Bernd J. Kröger
  • Peter Birkholz
  • Jim Kannampuzha
  • Emily Kaufmann
  • Christiane Neuschaefer-Rube
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6800)


While a mental lexicon stores phonological, grammatical and semantic features of words, a vocal tract action repository is assumed to store inner motor and sensory representations of speech items (i.e. the sounds, syllables and words) of the speaker’s native language. On the basis of a neural model of speech processing, which comprises important cognitive and sensorimotor aspects of speech production, perception, and acquisition (Speech Commun 51, 793-809, 2009), this paper will outline how a sensorimotor vocal tract action repository can be acquired in a self-organizing neural network structure which is trained using unsupervised associative learning.


Speech actions neural model speech production speech perception speech acquisition mental lexicon neural network self-organization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernd J. Kröger
    • 1
  • Peter Birkholz
    • 1
  • Jim Kannampuzha
    • 1
  • Emily Kaufmann
    • 2
  • Christiane Neuschaefer-Rube
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Phoniatrics, Pedaudiology, and Communication DisordersUniversity Hospital Aachen and RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Human Technology CentreRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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