INTERSPEECH 2009
10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

How Speaker Tongue and Name Source Language Affect the Automatic Recognition of Spoken Names

Bert Réveil (1), Jean-Pierre Martens (1), Bart D'hoore (2)

(1) Ghent University, Belgium
(2) Nuance, Belgium

In this paper the automatic recognition of person names and geographical names uttered by native and non-native speakers is examined in an experimental set-up. The major aim was to raise our understanding of how well and under which circumstances previously proposed methods of multilingual pronunciation modeling and multilingual acoustic modeling contribute to a better name recognition in a cross-lingual context. To come to a meaningful interpretation of results we have categorized each language according to the amount of exposure a native speaker is expected to have had to this language. After having interpreted our results we have also tried to find an answer to the question of how much further improvement one might be able to attain with a more advanced pronunciation modeling technique which we plan to develop.

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Bibliographic reference.  Réveil, Bert / Martens, Jean-Pierre / D'hoore, Bart (2009): "How speaker tongue and name source language affect the automatic recognition of spoken names", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2995-2998.