Journal article

Integrating Automatic Transcription into the Language Documcntation Workflow: Experiments with Na Data and the Persephone Toolkit

Alexis Michaud, Oliver Adams, Trevor Anthony Cohn, Graham Neubig, Severine Guillaume

Language Documentation and Conservation | University of Hawai‘i Press | Published : 2018

Abstract

Automatic speech recognition tools have potential for facilitating language documentation, but in practice these tools remain little-used by linguists for a variety of reasons, such as that the technology is still new (and evolving rapidly), user-friendly interfaces are still under development, and case studies demonstrating the practical usefulness of automatic recognition in a low-resource setting remain few. This article reports on a success story in integrating automatic transcription into the language documentation workflow, specifically for Yongning Na, a language of Southwest China. Using Persephone, an open-source toolkit, a single-speaker speech transcription tool was trained over f..

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