8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Approaches to Foreign-Accented Speaker-Independent Speech Recognition

Stefanie Aalburg, Harald Hoege

Siemens AG, Germany

Current research in the area of foreign-accented speech recognition focusses either on acoustic model adaptation or speaker-dependent pronunciation variation modeling. In this paper both approaches are applied in parallel and in a speaker-independent fashion: the acoustic modeling part is based on a derived Hidden Markov Model (HMM) clustering algorithm and the lexicon adaptation is based on speaker-independent multiple pronunciation rules. The pronunciation rules are derived using phoneme-level pronunciation scores. Foreign-accented speech was simulated with Columbian Spanish and Spanish of Spain and the experiments showed an improved recognition performance for the acoustic modeling part and identical recognition results when adding pronunciation variants to the lexica. Both results are taken as indicators for an improved recognition performance when applied on real foreign-accented speech. The present limited availability of foreign-accented speech databases, however, clearly merits further investigations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Aalburg, Stefanie / Hoege, Harald (2003): "Approaches to foreign-accented speaker-independent speech recognition", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 1489-1492.