Monday, July 26, 2010

[Articulatory Features] Multilingual Articulatory Features

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Ostendorf, for example, argues that pronunciation variability in spontaneous speech is the main reason for the poor performance. She claims that though it is possible to model pronunciation variants using a phonetic representation of words the success of this approach has been limited. Ostendorf therefore assumes that pronunciation variants are only poorly described by means of phoneme substitution, deletion and insertion. she also thinks that the use of linguistically motivated distinctive features could provide the necessary granularity to better deal with pronunciation variants by using context dependent rules that describe the value changes of features.

Kirchhoff also acknowledges that it is easier to model pronunciation variants with the help of articulatory features. She points out that articulatory features exhibit a dual nature because they have a relation to the speech signal as well as to higher-level linguistic units. Furthermore, since a feature often is common to multiple phonemes, training data is better shared for features than for phonemes. Also for AF detection fewer classes have to be distinguished (e.g. binary features). Therefore statistical models can be trained more robustly for articulatory features than for phonemes. Consequently feature recognition rates frequently outperform phoneme recognition rates.

Although this paper is using articulatory feature for multilingual speech recognition, it details about those articulatory features. It is a helpful material for articulatory features related research.

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