Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Investigating Text Normalization and Pronunciation Variants for German Broadcast Transcription

Martine Adda-Decker, Gilles Adda, Lori Lamel

LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France

In this paper we describe our ongoing work concerning lexical modeling in the LIMSI broadcast transcription system for German. Lexical decomposition is investigated with a twofold goal: lexical coverage optimization and improved letter-to-sound conversion. A set of about 450 decompounding rules, developed using statistics from a 300M word corpus, reduces the OOV rate from 4.5% to 4.0% on a 30k development text set. Adding partial inflection stripping, the OOV rate drops to 2.9%. For letterto- sound conversion, decompounding reduces cross-lexeme ambiguities and thus contributes to more consistent pronunciation dictionaries. Another point of interest concerns reduced pronunciation modeling. Word error rates, measured on 1.3 hours of ARTE TV broadcast, vary between 18 and 24% depending on the show and the system configuration. Our experiments indicate that using reduced pronunciations slightly decreases word error rates.

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Bibliographic reference.  Adda-Decker, Martine / Adda, Gilles / Lamel, Lori (2000): "Investigating text normalization and pronunciation variants for German broadcast transcription", In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 266-269.