4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Multilingual Speech Recognition at Dragon Systems

Jim Barnett, A. Corrada, G. Gao, Larry Gillick, Yoshiko Ito, S. Lowe, L. Manganaro, Barbara Peskin

Dragon Systems, Newton, MA, USA

This paper reports on some Dragon Systems' experiments with multilingual large vocabulary speech recognition, both for its discrete-word product Dragon Dictate (R) for Windows Version 1.0 and for its speaker-independent continuous speech research systems. The experiments in discrete word recognition involve English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The tests show significant, but not overwhelming, differences between the languages, with French being the hardest language to recognize and Italian being the easiest. The continuous speech experiments involve the Ricardo and CallHome corpora of conversational telephone speech, and show such high word error rates that no language-specific differences emerge. However, experiments with English switchboard and CallHome recognition indicate that improved recognition technology and larger amounts of training data can improve accuracy substantially. We therefore expect that future multilingual LVCSR experiments will be more illuminating.

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Bibliographic reference.  Barnett, Jim / Corrada, A. / Gao, G. / Gillick, Larry / Ito, Yoshiko / Lowe, S. / Manganaro, L. / Peskin, Barbara (1996): "Multilingual speech recognition at dragon systems", In ICSLP-1996, 2191-2194.