5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Language Identification with Language-Independent Acoustic Models

Cristobal Corredor-Ardoy, Jean Luc Gauvain, Martine Adda-Decker, Lori Lamel

Spoken Language Processing Group LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France

In this paper we explore the use of language- independent acoustic models for language identification (LID). The phone sequence output by a single language-independent phone recognizer is rescored with language-dependent phonotactic models approximated by phone bigrams. The language-independent phoneme inventory was obtained by Agglomerative Hierarchical Clustering, using a measure of similarity between phones. This system is compared with a parallel language-dependent phone architecture, which uses optimally the acoustic log likelihood and the phonotactic score for language identiffication. Experiments were carried out on the 4-language telephone speech corpus IDEAL, containing calls in British English, Spanish, French and German. Results show that the language-independent approach performs as well as the language-dependent one: 9% versus 10% of error rate on 10 second chunks, for the 4-language task.

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Bibliographic reference.  Corredor-Ardoy, Cristobal / Gauvain, Jean Luc / Adda-Decker, Martine / Lamel, Lori (1997): "Language identification with language-independent acoustic models", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 55-58.