Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

On the Connection Between Manual Segmentation Conventions and "Errors" Made by Automatic Segmentation

Knut Kvale

Norwegian Telecom Research, Kjeller, Norway

Segmentation of speech signals into non-overlapping, directly following phoneme-sized segments is considered. An automatic segmentation algorithm is applied on several different languages and then compared with the corresponding manual segmentations of the same speech material. This investigation shows that many of the suggestions made by the automatic segmentation algorithm can be argued for being phonetically as "correct" as the original manual segmentation. Thus, the automatically placed segment boundaries were acceptable although they were reported as errors by an automatic evaluation program.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kvale, Knut (1994): "On the connection between manual segmentation conventions and "errors" made by automatic segmentation", In ICSLP-1994, 1667-1670.