Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Automatic Modeling of Pronunciation Variations

Ellen Eide

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

We report on an automatic method for discovering an appropriate model topology for each context-dependent phoneme, allowing for such phenomena as reduced pronunciations and substituted phonemes. The method leads to a reduction in the word error rate on both the Wall Street Journal and Broadcast News databases.

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Bibliographic reference.  Eide, Ellen (1999): "Automatic modeling of pronunciation variations", In EUROSPEECH'99, 451-454.