8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Adaptation in the Pronunciation Space for Non-Native Speech Recognition

Georg Stemmer (1), Stefan Steidl (2), Christian Hacker (2), Elmar Nöth (2)

(1) ITC-irst, Italy
(2) Universitaet Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

We introduce a new technique to improve the recognition of non-native speech. The underlying assumption is that for each non-native pronunciation of a speech sound, there is at least one sound in the target language that has a similar native pronunciation. The adaptation is performed by HMM interpolation between adequate native acoustic models. The interpolation partners are determined automatically in a data-driven manner. Our experiments show that this technique is suitable for both the off-line adaptation to a whole group of speakers as well as for the unsupervised online adaptation to a single speaker. Results are given both for spontaneous non-native English speech as well as for a set of read non-native German utterances.

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Bibliographic reference.  Stemmer, Georg / Steidl, Stefan / Hacker, Christian / Nöth, Elmar (2004): "Adaptation in the pronunciation space for non-native speech recognition", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 2901-2904.