Cross-Lingual Adaptation of Broadcast Transcription System to Polish Language Using Public Data Sources

  • Jan Nouza
  • Petr Cerva
  • Radek SafarikEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10930)


We present methods and procedures designed for cost-efficient adaptation of an existing speech recognition system to Polish. The system (originally built for Czech language) is adapted using common texts and speech recordings accessible from Polish web-pages. The most critical part, an acoustic model (AM) for Polish, is built in several steps, which include: (a) an initial bootstrapping phase that utilizes existing Czech AM, (b) a lightly-supervised iterative scheme for automatic collection and annotation of Polish speech data, and finally (c) acquisition of a large amount of broadcast data in an unsupervised way. The developed system has been evaluated in the task of automatic content monitoring of major Polish TV and Radio stations. Its transcription accuracy (measured on a set of 4 complete TV news shows with total duration of 105 min) is 79,2%. For clean studio speech, its accuracy gets over 92%.


Speech recognition of polish Broadcast monitoring Acoustic model training Cross-lingual adaptation 



This work was supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (project MultiLinMedia, no. TA04010199) and by the Student Grant Scheme at the Technical University of Liberec.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Information Technology and ElectronicsTechnical University of LiberecLiberecCzech Republic

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