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De Wet, De Waal & Van Huyssteen 2011

De Wet, F, A De Waal, and Gerhard B. Van Huyssteen. 2011. “Developing a broadband automatic speech recognition system for Afrikaans.” Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2011):3185-3188.

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English: Afrikaans, under-resourced languages, automatic speech recognition, speech resources

Afrikaans: Afrikaans, hulpbronskaars tale, outomatiese spraakherkenning, spraakhulpbronne


English: Afrikaans is one of the eleven official languages of South  Africa. It is classified as an under-resourced language. No annotated broadband speech corpora currently exist for Afrikaans. This article reports on the development of speech resources for Afrikaans; specifically a broadband speech corpus and an extended pronunciation dictionary. Baseline results for an ASR system that was built using these resources are also presented. In addition; the article suggests different strategies to exploit the close relationship between Afrikaans and Dutch for the purposes of technology development.

In: English

On: Afrikaans