Under the Indian Languages Corpora Initiative (ILCI) project initiated by the MeitY, Govt. of India, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi had collected corpus in Hindi as source language and translated it in Urdu as the target language. There are 70,000 sentences, including Health, Tourism, Agriculture and Entertainment domain in this corpus. This corpus has a unique sentence ID for each sentence, UTF-8 encoding, and text file format. The translated sentences have been POS tagged and Chunked properly. The chunking guideline used in this corpus creation, is provided in supporting document.
Out-of-Vocabulary (OOV) detection and recovery is an important aspect of reducing Word Error Rate (WER) in Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR). In this paper, we evaluate the effect on WER for a low-resource language ASR system using OOV detection and recovery. We use a small seed corpus of continuous speech and improve the vocabulary by incorporating the detected OOV words. We use a syllable-model to detect and learn OOV words and, augment the word-model with these words leading to improved recognition. Our research investigates the effect on OOV detection and recovery after adding missing syllable sounds in the syllable model using a Text-toSpeech (TTS) system. Our experiments are conducted using 5 hours of continuous speech Kannada corpus. We use an already available Festival TTS for Hindi to generate Kannada speech. Our initial experiments report an improvement in OOV detection due to addition of missing syllable sounds using a crosslingual TTS system.
In this study, a multilingual phone recognition system for four Indian languages - Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, and Odia - is described. International phonetic alphabets are used to derive the transcription. Multilingual Phone Recognition System (MPRS) is developed using the state-of-the-art DNNs. The performance of MPRS is improved using the Articulatory Features (AFs). DNNs are used to predict the AFs for place, manner, roundness, frontness, and height AF groups. Further, the MPRS is also developed using oracle AFs and their performance is compared with that of predicted AFs. Oracle AFs are used to set the best performance realizable by AFs predicted from MFCC features by DNNs. In addition to the AFs, we have also explored the use of phone posteriors to further boost the performance of MPRS. We show that oracle AFs by feature fusion with MFCCs offer a remarkably low target of PER of 10.4%, which is 24.7% absolute reduction compared to baseline MPRS with MFCCs alone. The best performing system using predicted AFs has shown 2.8% reduction in absolute PER (8% reduction in relative PER) compared to baseline MPRS.
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Author : Manjunath K E,K. Sreenivasa Rao,Dinesh Babu Jayagopi
Resyllabification is a phonological process in continuous speech in which the coda of a syllable is converted into the onset of the following syllable, either in the same word or in the subsequent word. This paper presents an analysis of resyllabification across words in different Indian languages and its implications in Indian language text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis systems. The evidence for resyllabification is evaluated based on the acoustic analysis of a read speech corpus of the corresponding language. This study shows that the resyllabification obeys the maximum onset principle and introduces the notion of prominence resyllabification in Indian languages. This paper finds acoustic evidence for total resyllabification. The resyllabification rules obtained are applied to TTS systems. The correctness of the rules is evaluated quantitatively by comparing the acoustic log-likelihood scores of the speech utterances with the original and resyllabified texts, and by performing a pair comparison (PC) listening test on the synthesized speech output. An improvement in the log-likelihood score with the resyllabified text is observed, and the synthesized speech with the resyllabified text is preferred 3 times over those without resyllabification.
A method to detect spoken keywords in a given speech utterance is proposed, called as joint Dynamic Time Warping (DTW)-Convolution Neural Network (CNN). It is a combination of DTW approach with a strong classifier like CNN. Both these methods have independently shown significant results in solving problems related to optimal sequence alignment and object recognition, respectively. The proposed method modifies the original DTW formulation and converts the warping matrix into a gray scale image. A CNN is trained on these images to classify the presence or absence of keyword by identifying the texture of warping matrix. The TIMIT corpus has been used for conducting experiments and our method shows significant improvement over other existing techniques.