Phoneme Boundary Detection Using Learnable Segmental Features

Felix Kreuk, Yaniv Sheena, Joseph Keshet, Yossi Adi

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Abstract

Phoneme boundary detection plays an essential first step for a variety of speech processing applications such as speaker diarization, speech science, keyword spotting, etc. In this work, we propose a neural architecture coupled with a parameterized structured loss function to learn segmental representations for the task of phoneme boundary detection. First, we evaluated our model when the spoken phonemes were not given as input. Results on the TIMIT and Buckeye corpora suggest that the proposed model is superior to the baseline models and reaches state-of-the-art performance in terms of F1 and R-value. We further explore the use of phonetic transcription as additional supervision and show this yields minor improvements in performance but substantially better convergence rates. We additionally evaluate the model on a He-brew corpus and demonstrate such phonetic supervision can be beneficial in a multi-lingual setting.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages8089-8093
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509066315
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 May 20208 May 2020

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2020-May
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBarcelona
Period4/05/208/05/20

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • Sequence segmentation
  • phoneme boundary detection
  • recurrent neural networks (RNNs)
  • structured prediction

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