Learning Invariant Representation and Risk Minimized for Unsupervised Accent Domain Adaptation


Unsupervised representation learning for speech audios attained impressive performances for speech recognition tasks, particularly when annotated speech is limited. However, the unsupervised paradigm needs to be carefully designed and little is known about what properties these representations acquire. There is no guarantee that the model learns meaningful representations for valuable information for recognition. Moreover, the adaptation ability of the learned representations to other domains still needs to be estimated. In this work, we explore learning domain-invariant representations via a direct mapping of speech representations to their corresponding high-level linguistic informations. Results prove that the learned latents not only capture the articulatory feature of each phoneme but also enhance the adaptation ability, outperforming the baseline largely on accented benchmarks.

IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop
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