InterSpeech 2021

Large-Scale Self- and Semi-Supervised Learning for Speech Translation
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Changhan Wang (Facebook, USA), Anne Wu (Facebook, USA), Juan Pino (Facebook, USA), Alexei Baevski (Facebook, USA), Michael Auli (Facebook, USA), Alexis Conneau (Facebook, USA)
In this paper, we improve speech translation (ST) through effectively leveraging large quantities of unlabeled speech and text data in different and complementary ways. We explore both pretraining and self-training by using the large Libri-Light speech audio corpus and language modeling with CommonCrawl. Our experiments improve over the previous state of the art by 2.8 BLEU on average on all four considered CoVoST 2 language pairs via a simple recipe of combining wav2vec 2.0 pretraining, a single iteration of self-training and decoding with a language model. Different from existing work, our approach does not leverage any other supervision than ST data. Code and models are publicly released.