ISCA Archive Interspeech 2006
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2006

Recognition of classroom lectures in european portuguese

Isabel Trancoso, Ricardo Nunes, Luís Neves, Céu Viana, Helena Moniz, Diamantino Caseiro, Ana Isabel Mata

Classroom lectures may be very challenging for automatic speech recognizers, because the vocabulary may be very specific and the speaking style very spontaneous. Our first experiments using a recognizer trained for Broadcast News resulted in word error rates near 60%, clearly confirming the need for adaptation to the specific topic of the lectures, on one hand, and for better strategies for handling spontaneous speech. This paper describes our efforts in these two directions: the different domain adaptation steps that lowered the error rate to 45%, with very little transcribed adaptation material, and the exploratory study of spontaneous speech phenomena in European Portuguese, namely concerning filled pauses.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2006-88

Cite as: Trancoso, I., Nunes, R., Neves, L., Viana, C., Moniz, H., Caseiro, D., Mata, A.I. (2006) Recognition of classroom lectures in european portuguese. Proc. Interspeech 2006, paper 1524-Mon2A2O.3, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2006-88

  author={Isabel Trancoso and Ricardo Nunes and Luís Neves and Céu Viana and Helena Moniz and Diamantino Caseiro and Ana Isabel Mata},
  title={{Recognition of classroom lectures in european portuguese}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2006},
  pages={paper 1524-Mon2A2O.3},