ISCA Archive Interspeech 2022
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2022

Cross-lingual Self-Supervised Speech Representations for Improved Dysarthric Speech Recognition

Abner Hernandez, Paula Andrea Pérez-Toro, Elmar Noeth, Juan Rafael Orozco-Arroyave, Andreas Maier, Seung Hee Yang

State-of-the-art automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems perform well on healthy speech. However, the performance on impaired speech still remains an issue. The current study explores the usefulness of using Wav2Vec self-supervised speech representations as features for training an ASR system for dysarthric speech. Dysarthric speech recognition is particularly difficult as several aspects of speech such as articulation, prosody and phonation can be impaired. Specifically, we train an acoustic model with features extracted from Wav2Vec, Hubert, and the cross-lingual XLSR model. Results suggest that speech representations pretrained on large unlabelled data can improve word error rate (WER) performance. In particular, features from the multilingual model led to lower WERs than Fbanks or models trained on a single language. Improvements were seen in English speakers with cerebral palsy caused dysarthria (UASpeech corpus), Spanish speakers with Parkinsonian dysarthria (PC-GITA corpus) and Italian speakers with paralysis-based dysarthria (EasyCall corpus). Compared to using Fbank features, XLSR-based features reduced WERs by 6.8%, 22.0%, and 7.0% for the UASpeech, PC-GITA, and EasyCall corpus, respectively.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2022-10674

Cite as: Hernandez, A., Pérez-Toro, P.A., Noeth, E., Orozco-Arroyave, J.R., Maier, A., Yang, S.H. (2022) Cross-lingual Self-Supervised Speech Representations for Improved Dysarthric Speech Recognition. Proc. Interspeech 2022, 51-55, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2022-10674

  author={Abner Hernandez and Paula Andrea Pérez-Toro and Elmar Noeth and Juan Rafael Orozco-Arroyave and Andreas Maier and Seung Hee Yang},
  title={{Cross-lingual Self-Supervised Speech Representations for Improved Dysarthric Speech Recognition}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2022},