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Title Open ASR for Icelandic: Resources and a Baseline System
Authors Anna Björk Nikulásdóttir, Inga Rún Helgadóttir, Matthías Pétursson and Jón Guðnason
Abstract Developing language resources is an important task when creating a speech recognition system for a less-resourced language. In this paper we describe available language resources and their preparation for use in a large vocabulary speech recognition (LVSR) system for Icelandic. The content of a speech corpus is analysed and training and test sets compiled, a pronunciation dictionary is extended, and text normalization for language modeling performed. An ASR system based on neural networks is implemented using these resources and tested using different acoustic training sets. Experimental results show a clear increase in word-error-rate (WER) when using smaller training sets, indicating that extension of the speech corpus for training would improve the system. When testing on data with known vocabulary only, the WER is 7.99%, but on an open vocabulary test set the WER is 15.72%. Furthermore, impact of the content of the acoustic training corpus is examined. The current results indicate that an ASR system could profit from carefully selected phonotactical data, however, further experiments are needed to verify this impression. The language resources are available on and the source code of the project can be found on
Topics Speech Resource/Database, Other, Speech Recognition/Understanding
Full paper Open ASR for Icelandic: Resources and a Baseline System
Bibtex @InProceedings{NIKULÁSDÓTTIR18.201,
  author = {Anna Björk Nikulásdóttir and Inga Rún Helgadóttir and Matthías Pétursson and Jón Guðnason},
  title = "{Open ASR for Icelandic: Resources and a Baseline System}",
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)},
  year = {2018},
  month = {May 7-12, 2018},
  address = {Miyazaki, Japan},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference chair) and Khalid Choukri and Christopher Cieri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Koiti Hasida and Hitoshi Isahara and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Hélène Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis and Takenobu Tokunaga},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {979-10-95546-00-9},
  language = {english}
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