AI in EE

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AI in Signal Division

AI in EE

AI IN DIVISIONS

AI in Signal Division ​ ​

AI in Signal Division

Liming Wang, Mark Hasegawa, Chang D. Yoo, “Self-supervised Semantic-driven phoneme Discovery for Zero-resource Speech Recognition ” Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2022

Phonemes are defined by their relationship to words: changing a phoneme changes the word. Learning a phoneme inventory with little supervision has been a longstanding challenge with important applications to under-resourced speech technology. In this paper, we bridge the gap between the linguistic and statistical definition of phonemes and propose a novel neural discrete representation learning model for self-supervised learning of phoneme inventory with raw speech and word labels. Under mild assumptions, we prove that the phoneme inventory learned by our approach converges to the true one with an exponentially low error rate. Moreover, in experiments on TIMIT and Mboshi benchmarks, our approach consistently learns a better phoneme-level representation and achieves a lower error rate in a zero-resource phoneme recognition task than previous state-of-the-art self-supervised representation learning algorithms.