10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Language Identification for Speech-to-Speech Translation

Daniel Chung Yong Lim, Ian Lane

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

This paper investigates the use of language identification (LID) in real-time speech-to-speech translation systems. We propose a framework that incorporates LID capability into a speech-tospeech translation system while minimizing the impact on the systemís real-time performance. We compared two phone-based LID approaches, namely PRLM and PPRLM, to a proposed extended approach based on Conditional Random Field classifiers. The performances of these three approaches were evaluated to identify the input language in the CMU English-Iraqi TransTAC system, and the proposed approach obtained significantly higher classification accuracies on two of the three test sets evaluated.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lim, Daniel Chung Yong / Lane, Ian (2009): "Language identification for speech-to-speech translation", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 204-207.