Odyssey 2010: The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop
Brno, Czech Republic
In this paper, we introduce a new approach to dialect recognition that relies on context-dependent (CD) phonetic differences between dialects as well as phonotactics. Given a speech utterance, we obtain the phone sequence using a CD-phone recognizer. We then identify the most likely dialect of these CD-phones using SVM classifiers. Augmenting these phones with the output of these classifiers, we extract augmented phonotactic features which are subsequently given to a logistic regression classifier to obtain a dialect detection score. We test our approach on the task of detecting four Arabic dialects from 30s utterances. We compare our performance to two baselines, PRLM and GMM-UBM, as well as to our own improved version of GMM-UBM which employs fMLLR adaptation. Our approach performs significantly better than all three baselines at 5% absolute Equal Error Rate (EER). The overall EER of our system is 6%.
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Bibliographic reference. Biadsy, Fadi / Soltau, Hagen / Mangu, Lidia / Navratil, Jiri / Hirschberg, Julia (2010): "Discriminative Phonotactics for Dialect Recognition Using Context-Dependent Phone Classifiers", In Odyssey-2010, paper 044.