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Tibetan Multi-Dialect Speech and Dialect Identity Recognition

Yue Zhao1, Jianjian Yue1, Wei Song1,*, Xiaona Xu1, Xiali Li1, Licheng Wu1, Qiang Ji2

School of Information and Engineering, Minzu University of China, Beijing, 100081, China.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, JEC 7004, Troy NY 12180-3590, USA.

* Corresponding Author: Wei Song. Email: email.

Computers, Materials & Continua 2019, 60(3), 1223-1235.


Tibetan language has very limited resource for conventional automatic speech recognition so far. It lacks of enough data, sub-word unit, lexicons and word inventories for some dialects. And speech content recognition and dialect classification have been treated as two independent tasks and modeled respectively in most prior works. But the two tasks are highly correlated. In this paper, we present a multi-task WaveNet model to perform simultaneous Tibetan multi-dialect speech recognition and dialect identification. It avoids processing the pronunciation dictionary and word segmentation for new dialects, while, in the meantime, allows training speech recognition and dialect identification in a single model. The experimental results show our method can simultaneously recognize speech content for different Tibetan dialects and identify the dialect with high accuracy using a unified model. The dialect information used in output for training can improve multi-dialect speech recognition accuracy, and the low-resource dialects got higher speech content recognition rate and dialect classification accuracy by multi-dialect and multi-task recognition model than task-specific models.


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APA Style
Zhao, Y., Yue, J., Song, W., Xu, X., Li, X. et al. (2019). Tibetan multi-dialect speech and dialect identity recognition. Computers, Materials & Continua, 60(3), 1223-1235.
Vancouver Style
Zhao Y, Yue J, Song W, Xu X, Li X, Wu L, et al. Tibetan multi-dialect speech and dialect identity recognition. Comput Mater Contin. 2019;60(3):1223-1235
IEEE Style
Y. Zhao et al., "Tibetan Multi-Dialect Speech and Dialect Identity Recognition," Comput. Mater. Contin., vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 1223-1235. 2019.


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