Proc. of the European Conf. on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech), Vol. 2, pp. 1307-1310, Berlin, 1993
A comparison of approaches to automatic language identification using telephone speech
Y. K. Muthusamy, K. M. Berkling, T. Arai, R. A. Cole and E. Barnard
Abstract: A variety of approaches to language identification, based on (a) acoustic features, (b) broad-category segmentation, and (c) fine phonetic classification, are introduced. These approaches are evaluated in terms of their ability to distinguish between English and Japanese utterances spoken over a telephone channel. It is found that the best performance (86.3 % accurate classification of utterances with a mean length of 13.4 sec) is obtained when fine phonetic features are employed. In addition, the results show the importance of discriminatory training rather than likelihood estimation.