DeepAI AI Chat
Log In Sign Up

Generative Adversarial Phonology: Modeling unsupervised phonetic and phonological learning with neural networks

by   Gašper Beguš, et al.

Training deep neural networks on well-understood dependencies in speech data can provide new insights into how they learn internal representations. This paper argues that acquisition of speech can be modeled as a dependency between random space and generated speech data in the Generative Adversarial Network architecture and proposes a methodology to uncover the network's internal representations that correspond to phonetic and phonological properties. The Generative Adversarial architecture is uniquely appropriate for modeling phonetic and phonological learning because the network is trained on unannotated raw acoustic data and learning is unsupervised without any language-specific assumptions or pre-assumed levels of abstraction. A Generative Adversarial Network was trained on an allophonic distribution in English. The network successfully learns the allophonic alternation: the network's generated speech signal contains the conditional distribution of aspiration duration. The paper proposes a technique for establishing the network's internal representations that identifies latent variables that correspond to, for example, presence of [s] and its spectral properties. By manipulating these variables, we actively control the presence of [s] and its frication amplitude in the generated outputs. This suggests that the network learns to use latent variables as an approximation of phonetic and phonological representations. Crucially, we observe that the dependencies learned in training extend beyond the training interval, which allows for additional exploration of learning representations. The paper also discusses how the network's architecture and innovative outputs resemble and differ from linguistic behavior in language acquisition, speech disorders, and speech errors, and how well-understood dependencies in speech data can help us interpret how neural networks learn their representations.


page 1

page 8

page 11

page 13

page 14

page 18

page 22

page 25


Articulation GAN: Unsupervised modeling of articulatory learning

Generative deep neural networks are widely used for speech synthesis, bu...

Artificial sound change: Language change and deep convolutional neural networks in iterative learning

This paper proposes a framework for modeling sound change that combines ...

Basic syntax from speech: Spontaneous concatenation in unsupervised deep neural networks

Computational models of syntax are predominantly text-based. Here we pro...

Impedance-based Capacity Estimation for Lithium-Ion Batteries Using Generative Adversarial Network

This paper proposes a fully unsupervised methodology for the reliable ex...

Approaching an unknown communication system by latent space exploration and causal inference

This paper proposes a methodology for discovering meaningful properties ...