12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Graphone Model Interpolation and Arabic Pronunciation Generation

T. Li, P. C. Woodland, F. Diehl, M. J. F. Gales

University of Cambridge, UK

This paper extends n-gram graphone model pronunciation generation to use a mixture of such models. This technique is useful when pronunciation data is for a specific variant (or set of variants) of a language, such as for a dialect, and only a small amount of pronunciation dictionary training data for that specific variant is available. The performance of the interpolated n-gram graphone model is evaluated on Arabic phonetic pronunciation generation for words that can't be handled by the Buckwalter Morphological Analyser. The pronunciations produced are also used to train an Arabic broadcast audio speech recognition system. In both cases the interpolated graphone model leads to improved performance.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Li, T. / Woodland, P. C. / Diehl, F. / Gales, M. J. F. (2011): "Graphone model interpolation and Arabic pronunciation generation", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 2309-2312.