INTERSPEECH 2014
15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Singapore
September 14-18, 2014

Language Identification of Individual Words with Joint Sequence Models

Oluwapelumi Giwa, Marelie H. Davel

North-West University, South Africa

Within a multilingual automatic speech recognition (ASR) system, knowledge of the language of origin of unknown words can improve pronunciation modelling accuracy. This is of particular importance for ASR systems required to deal with code-switched speech or proper names of foreign origin. For words that occur in the language model, but do not occur in the pronunciation lexicon, text-based language identification (T-LID) of a single word in isolation may be required. This is a challenging task, especially for short words. We motivate for the importance of accurate T-LID in speech processing systems and introduce a novel way of applying Joint Sequence Models to the T-LID task. We obtain competitive results on a real-world 4-language task: for our best JSM system, an F-measure of 97.2% is obtained, compared to a F-measure of 95.2% obtained with a state-of-the-art Support Vector Machine (SVM).

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Bibliographic reference.  Giwa, Oluwapelumi / Davel, Marelie H. (2014): "Language identification of individual words with joint sequence models", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 1400-1404.