Automatic Speech Recognition and Translation of a Swiss German Dialect: Walliserdeutsch
Walliserdeutsch is a Swiss German dialect spoken in the south west of Switzerland. To investigate the potential of automatic speech processing of Walliserdeutsch, a small database was collected based mainly on broadcast news from a local radio station. Experiments suggest that automatic speech recognition is feasible: use of another (Swiss German) database shows that the small data size lends itself to bootstrapping from other data; use of Kullback-Leibler HMM suggests that phoneme mapping techniques can compensate for a grapheme-based dictionary. Experiments also indicate that statistical machine translation is feasible; the difficulty of small data size is offset by the close proximity to (high) German.
Record created on 2014-10-23, modified on 2016-08-09