Generating phonetic cognates to handle named entities in English-Chinese cross-language spoken document retrieval

H. M. Meng, Wai Kit Lo, Berlin Chen, K. Tang

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Abstract

We have developed a technique for automatic transliteration of named entities for English-Chinese cross-language spoken document retrieval (CL-SDR). Our retrieval system integrates machine translation, speech recognition and information retrieval technologies. An English news story forms a textual query that is automatically translated into Chinese words, which are mapped into Mandarin syllables by pronunciation dictionary lookup. Mandarin radio news broadcasts form spoken documents that are indexed by word and syllable recognition. The information retrieval engine performs matching in both word and syllable scales. The English queries contain many named entities that tend to be out-of-vocabulary words for machine translation and speech recognition, and are omitted in retrieval. Names are often transliterated across languages and are generally important for retrieval. We present a technique that takes in a name spelling and automatically generates a phonetic cognate in terms of Chinese syllables to be used in retrieval. Experiments show consistent retrieval performance improvement by including the use of named entities in this way.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2001 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, ASRU 2001 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages311-314
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)078037343X, 9780780373433
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan 1
EventIEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, ASRU 2001 - Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
Duration: 2001 Dec 92001 Dec 13

Publication series

Name2001 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, ASRU 2001 - Conference Proceedings

Other

OtherIEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, ASRU 2001
CountryItaly
CityMadonna di Campiglio
Period01/12/901/12/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Meng, H. M., Lo, W. K., Chen, B., & Tang, K. (2001). Generating phonetic cognates to handle named entities in English-Chinese cross-language spoken document retrieval. In 2001 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, ASRU 2001 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 311-314). [1034649] (2001 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, ASRU 2001 - Conference Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ASRU.2001.1034649