Spoken Term Detection Methods for Sparse Transcription in Very Low-resource Settings

Éric Le Ferrand, Steven Bird, Laurent Besacier

We investigate the efficiency of two very different spoken term detection approaches for transcription when the available data is insufficient to train a robust ASR system. This work is grounded in very low-resource language documentation scenario where only few minutes of recording have been transcribed for a given language so far.Experiments on two oral languages show that a pretrained universal phone recognizer, fine-tuned with only a few minutes of target language speech, can be used for spoken term detection with a better overall performance than a dynamic time warping approach. In addition, we show that representing phoneme recognition ambiguity in a graph structure can further boost the recall while maintaining high precision in the low resource spoken term detection task.

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