ISCA Archive Interspeech 2022
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2022

Data Augmentation for Low-Resource Quechua ASR Improvement

Rodolfo Zevallos, Núria Bel, Guillermo Cámbara, Mireia Farrús, Jordi Luque

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) is a key element in new services that helps users to interact with an automated system. Deep learning methods have made it possible to deploy systems with a word error rate close to only 5% for ASR of English. However, the use of these methods is only available for languages with hundreds or thousands of hours of audio and their corresponding transcriptions. For the so-called low- resource languages to speed up the availability of resources that can improve the performance of their ASR systems, methods of creating new resources on the basis of existing ones are being investigated. In this paper we describe our DA approach to improve the results of ASR models for low-resource and agglutinative languages. We carry out experiments developing an ASR for Quechua using the Wav2letter++ model. We reduced WER by 8.73% through our approach to the base model. The resulting ASR model obtained 22.75% WER and was trained with 99 hours of original resources and 99 hours of synthetic data obtained with a combination of text augmentation and synthetic speech generation.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2022-770

Cite as: Zevallos, R., Bel, N., Cámbara, G., Farrús, M., Luque, J. (2022) Data Augmentation for Low-Resource Quechua ASR Improvement. Proc. Interspeech 2022, 3518-3522, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2022-770

  author={Rodolfo Zevallos and Núria Bel and Guillermo Cámbara and Mireia Farrús and Jordi Luque},
  title={{Data Augmentation for Low-Resource Quechua ASR Improvement}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2022},