Published on Tue Jun 23 2020

One Model to Pronounce Them All: Multilingual Grapheme-to-Phoneme Conversion With a Transformer Ensemble

Kaili Vesik, Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, Miikka Silfverberg

The task of grapheme-to-phoneme (G2P) conversion is important for both speech recognition and synthesis. We describe a simple approach of exploiting model ensembles based on multilingual Transformers and self-training. Our best models achieve 14.99 word error

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Abstract

The task of grapheme-to-phoneme (G2P) conversion is important for both speech recognition and synthesis. Similar to other speech and language processing tasks, in a scenario where only small-sized training data are available, learning G2P models is challenging. We describe a simple approach of exploiting model ensembles, based on multilingual Transformers and self-training, to develop a highly effective G2P solution for 15 languages. Our models are developed as part of our participation in the SIGMORPHON 2020 Shared Task 1 focused at G2P. Our best models achieve 14.99 word error rate (WER) and 3.30 phoneme error rate (PER), a sizeable improvement over the shared task competitive baselines.