Automatic recognition of suprasegmentals in speech

08/02/2021 ∙ by Jiahong Yuan, et al. ∙ 0

This study reports our efforts to improve automatic recognition of suprasegmentals by fine-tuning wav2vec 2.0 with CTC, a method that has been successful in automatic speech recognition. We demonstrate that the method can improve the state-of-the-art on automatic recognition of syllables, tones, and pitch accents. Utilizing segmental information, by employing tonal finals or tonal syllables as recognition units, can significantly improve Mandarin tone recognition. Language models are helpful when tonal syllables are used as recognition units, but not helpful when tones are recognition units. Finally, Mandarin tone recognition can benefit from English phoneme recognition by combining the two tasks in fine-tuning wav2vec 2.0.

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