Cross-Language Access to Recorded Speech in the MALACH Project

TitleCross-Language Access to Recorded Speech in the MALACH Project
Publication TypeBook Chapters
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsOard D, Demner-Fushman D, Hajič J, Ramabhadran B, Gustman S, Byrne W, Soergel D, Dorr BJ, Resnik P, Picheny M
EditorSojka P, Kopecek I, Pala K
Book TitleText, Speech and DialogueText, Speech and Dialogue
Series TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
Pagination197 - 212
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-540-44129-8

The MALACH project seeks to help users find information in a vast multilingual collections of untranscribed oral history interviews. This paper introduces the goals of the project and focuses on supporting access by users who are unfamiliar with the interview language. It begins with a review of the state of the art in crosslanguage speech retrieval; approaches that will be investigated in the project are then described. Czech was selected as the first non-English language to be supported, so results of an initial experiment with Czech/English cross-language retrieval are reported.