18 - STUDENT - Development of Language Resource and Automatic Speech Recognition System for Pashto

Hazrat Ali, Zhou Xianwei (University of Science and Technology Beijing), Nasir Ahmad (University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar)

Pashto is one of the widely spoken languages of the world with approximately 55 million speakers. This language deserves the attention of researchers to develop language resource and subsequently, to develop speech recognition system for this language. Until recently, no significant research work has been carried out in this language. This article presents a brief discussion of the current work on the development of language resource for Pashto and the fundamental work on Automatic Speech Recognition of Pashto. Currently, a medium vocabulary corpus has been developed for isolated Pashto words and speech recognition performance for this corpus has been analyzed, with the results published in several international conferences.

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