5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Bilingual and Dialectal Adaptation and Retraining

Ulla Uebler, Michael Schüssler, Heinrich Niemann

Bavarian Research Center for Knowledge Based Systems, Germany

In this paper, we report our investigations on the use of adaptation and retraining in our bilingual (Italian, German) and multidialectal recognition system. Our approach for bilingual speech recognition is to assume the two languages as being one, which is best suited for a task where Italian and German natives speak both languages, resulting in a variety of accents and dialects. We performed adaptation on single speakers and speaker groups built from combinations of spoken and native language. Furthermore, we performed retraining on partitions of the adaptation or training data. Our experiments led to an error rate reduction in all cases: compared to the baseline system, we achieved an overall improvement of 14, 12--14 and 7 % for speaker adaptation, speaker group adaptation and retraining, respectively. Furthermore, we found among others that performance is rather stable for Italian between adaptation and retraining, while adaptation for German outperforms retraining by far.

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Bibliographic reference.  Uebler, Ulla / Schüssler, Michael / Niemann, Heinrich (1998): "Bilingual and dialectal adaptation and retraining", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0337.