Using stacked transformations for recognizing foreign accented speech

Peter Smit, Mikko Kurimo
2011 2011 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)  
A common problem in speech recognition for foreign accented speech is that there is not enough training data for an accent-specific or a speaker-specific recognizer. Speaker adaptation can be used to improve the accuracy of a speakerindependent recognizer, but a lot of adaptation data is needed for speakers with a strong foreign accent. In this paper we propose a rather simple and successful technique of stacked transformations where the baseline models trained for native speakers are first
more » ... akers are first adapted by using accent-specific data and then by another transformation using speaker-specific data. Because the accent-specific data can be collected offline, the first transformation can be more detailed and comprehensive, and the second one less detailed and fast. Experimental results are provided for speaker adaptation in English spoken by Finnish speakers. The evaluation results confirm that the stacked transformations are very helpful for fast speaker adaptation.
doi:10.1109/icassp.2011.5947481 dblp:conf/icassp/SmitK11 fatcat:nxchqsjbjvewnj3ibcl4ygaa6m