Large-Scale Self- and Semi-Supervised Learning for Speech Translation

04/14/2021 ∙ by Changhan Wang, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper, we improve speech translation (ST) through effectively leveraging large quantities of unlabeled speech and text data in different and complementary ways. We explore both pretraining and self-training by using the large Libri-Light speech audio corpus and language modeling with CommonCrawl. Our experiments improve over the previous state of the art by 2.6 BLEU on average on all four considered CoVoST 2 language pairs via a simple recipe of combining wav2vec 2.0 pretraining, a single iteration of self-training and decoding with a language model. Different to existing work, our approach does not leverage any other supervision than ST data. Code and models will be publicly released.

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