Temporal and Lexical Context of Diachronic Text Documents for Automatic Out-Of-Vocabulary Proper Name Retrieval

  • Irina IllinaEmail author
  • Dominique Fohr
  • Georges Linarès
  • Imane Nkairi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9561)


Proper name recognition is a challenging task in information retrieval from large audio/video databases. Proper names are semantically rich and are usually key to understanding the information contained in a document. Our work focuses on increasing the vocabulary coverage of a speech transcription system by automatically retrieving proper names from contemporary diachronic text documents. We proposed methods that dynamically augment the automatic speech recognition system vocabulary using lexical and temporal features in diachronic documents. We also studied different metrics for proper name selection in order to limit the vocabulary augmentation and therefore the impact on the ASR performances. Recognition results show a significant reduction of the proper name error rate using an augmented vocabulary.


Speech recognition Out-of-vocabulary words Proper names Vocabulary augmentation 



The authors would like to thank the ANR ContNomina SIMI-2 of the French National Research Agency (ANR) for funding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irina Illina
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dominique Fohr
    • 1
  • Georges Linarès
    • 2
  • Imane Nkairi
    • 1
  1. 1.MultiSpeech Team, LORIA-INRIAVillers-les-NancyFrance
  2. 2.LIA – University of AvignonAvignonFrance

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