Lexical Modeling in a Speaker Independent Speech Understanding System

TitleLexical Modeling in a Speaker Independent Speech Understanding System
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsWooters, C.
Other Numbers856

This thesis presents an algorithm for the construction of models that attempt to capture the variation that occurs in the pronunciations of words in spontaneous (i.e., non-read) speech. A technique for developing alternate pronunciations of words and then estimating the probabilities of the alternate pronunciations is presented. Additionally, we describe the development and implementation of a spoken-language understanding system called the Berkeley Restaurant Project (BeRP). Multiple pronunciation word models constructed using the algorithm proposed in this thesis are evaluated within the context of the BeRP system. The results of this evaluation show that the explicit modeling of variation in the pronunciation of words improves the performance of both the speech recognition and the speech understanding components of the BeRP system.

Bibliographic Notes

ICSI Technical Report TR-93-068

Abbreviated Authors

C. C. Wooters

ICSI Publication Type

Technical Report