Efficient harvesting of Internet audio for resource-scarce ASR
Davel, Marelie H.
van Heerden, Charl
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Spoken recordings that have been transcribed for human reading (e.g. as captions for audiovisual material, or to provide alternative modes of access to recordings) are widely available in many languages. Such recordings and transcriptions have proven to be a valuable source of ASR data in well-resourced languages, but have not been exploited to a significant extent in under-resourced languages or dialects. Techniques used to harvest such data typically assume the availability of a fairly accurate ASR system, which is generally not available when working with resourcescarce languages. In this work, we define a process whereby an ASR corpus is bootstrapped using unmatched ASR models in conjunction with speech and approximate transcriptions sourced from the Internet. We introduce a new segmentation technique based on the use of a phone-internal garbage model, and demonstrate how this technique (combined with limited filtering) can be used to develop a large, high-quality corpus in an underresourced dialect with minimal effort.
- Faculty of Engineering