Description

The goal of this shared task is to benchmark and promote speech translation technology for a diverse range of dialects and low-resource languages. While significant research progress has been demonstrated recently on popular datasets, many of the world’s dialects and low-resource languages lack the parallel data at scale needed for standard supervised learning. We will likely require creative approaches in leveraging disparate resources.

For example, to translate dialectal speech such as Tunisian Arabic, one may leverage existing speech and text resources in Modern Standard Arabic. Or, to translate a low-resource language such as Tamasheq, one may need to leverage word-level translation resources and raw audio.

We will provide training and evaluation data for a range of language-pairs. Participants are free to participate in any number of language-pairs in this track. We encourage both dedicated systems that are designed to a single language-pair, as well as general recipes aimed at improving speech translation broadly for a wide typology of languages.

General Information for All Language-Pairs

The submission format will be standardized across all language-pairs. Participants can submit systems under two conditions:

  • Constrained condition: systems are trained only on the dataset provided by the organizers
  • Unconstrained condition: systems can be trained with any resource, including pre-trained models. Multilingual models are allowed.

Information about data and baselines are provided in the sections specific to each language pair.

Data and Baselines

aeb-eng: Tunisian Arabic to English

The aeb-eng training data is the same as the one used in the IWSLT 2022 Dialectal Speech Translation track in the previous year: https://iwslt.org/2022/dialect. Please follow the train/dev/test1 split instructions according to the aforementioned IWSLT 2022 webpage.

In 2022 we had three conditions: basic, dialect adaptation, and unconstrained. The basic condition in 2022 corresponds to the “constrained” condition in 2023; the dialect adaptation and unconstrained conditions in 2022 will be referred to as the “unconstrained” condition in 2023. A new test set (test3) will be provided as part of this 2023 evaluation.

IWSLT participants may obtain the Tunisian-English speech translation data for no cost from LDC. Please sign this form and email it to ldc@ldc.upenn.edu. This 3-way parallel data corresponds to 160 hours and 200k lines worth of aligned audio in Tunisian speech, Tunisian transcripts, and English translations. All datasets have been manually segmented at the utterance level.

The official BLEU score will use lower-case and no punctuation, following the “norm” files in the setup instructions.

For baselines, feel free to build upon the models in ESPnet provided by CMU WAVLab. Here are the recipes for the basic condition: ASR model and ST model. You may also find it helpful to refer to the system description papers in 2022 from CMU, JHU, and ON-TRAC, or the 2022 findings paper.

ga-eng: Irish to English

Irish (also known as Gaeilge) has around 170,000 L1 speakers and “1.85 million (37%) people across the island (of Ireland) claim to be at least somewhat proficient with the language”. In the Republic of Ireland, it is the national and first official language. It is also one of the official languages of the European Union and a recognized minority language in Northern Ireland with the ISO ga code.

IWSLT participants may obtain the Irish-English speech translation data from here. Please sign this form to get acess and/or password.This corpus consists of 15 hours of audio speech data and translations into English text.

mr-hi: Marathi to Hindi

Marathi is an Indo-Aryan language which has the ISO code mr, and is dominantly spoken in India’s Maharashtra state. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India and the official language of Maharashtra and Goa. As per the 2011 Census of India, it has around 83 million speakers which covers 6.86% of the country’s total population. Marathi speakers rank third amongst the languages that are spoken in India.

IWSLT participants may obtain the Marathi-Hindi speech translation data without any cost. Please sign this form and email it to info@panlingua.co.in. This corpus consists of 32 hours of audio speech data from the news domain and translations into Hindi text.

mlt-eng: Maltese to English

to be released shortly

pus-fra: Pashto to French

Pashto is spoken by approximately forty to sixty million people in the world. It is particularly spoken by the Pashtun people in the south, east and southwest of the country, as well as in the north and northwest Pakistan but also in Iran, Tajikistan and India (Uttar Pradesh and Cashmere) and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan.

This corpus is a collection of about 100 hours of Broadcast News with transcriptions in Pashto and translations in French text.

Obtaining data IWSLT participants may obtain the Pashto-French speech translation data for no cost from ELDA. Please sign this form and email it to mapelli@elda.org.

Notice for Pashto to French language-pair, we discourage the use of non-public datasets. If you do want to use a private dataset, please contact the organizers, to make sure that your dataset does not overlap with the test set.

For baselines, here are the recipes for the basic condition: ASR model and MT model. They are also downloadable with the dataset.

tmh-fra: Tamasheq to French

Tamasheq is a variety of Tuareg, a Berber macro-language spoken by nomadic tribes across North Africa in Algeria, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. It accounts for approximately 500,000 native speakers, being mostly spoken in Mali and Niger. This task is about translating spoken Tamasheq into written French. Almost 20 hours of spoken Tamasheq with French translation are freely provided by the organizers. A major challenge is that no Tamasheq transcription is provided.

  • Speech-to-translation parallel data: here
  • Additional audio data (see description in the above Github page): here
  • The corpus is described in this paper
  • A baseline system is available as a SpeechBrain recipe here. This system is the one which got the best result during the IWSLT22 edition with a BLEU score of 5.7

Two kinds of submission are possible: Constrained condition and/or Unconstrained condition, following the common rules mentioned above in the General Information for All Language-Pairs section.

Contact: Yannick Estève (Avignon University)

que-spa: Quechua to Spanish

Quechua is an indigenous language spoken by more than 8 million people in South America. It is mainly spoken in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia where the official high-resource language is Spanish. It is a highly inflective language based on its suffixes which agglutinate and found to be similar to other languages like Finnish. The average number of morphemes per word (synthesis) is about two times larger than English. English typically has around 1.5 morphemes per word and Quechua has about 3 morphemes per word.

There are two main region divisions of Quechua known as Quechua I and Quechua II. This data set consists of two main types of Quechua spoken in Ayacucho, Peru (Quechua Chanka ISO:quy) and Cusco, Peru (Quechua Collao ISO:quz) which are both part of Quechua II and, thus, considered a “southern” languages. We label the data set with que - the ISO norm for Quechua II mixtures.

IWSLT participants may obtain the public Quechua-Spanish speech translation dataset for the constrained task at no cost here: IWSLT 2023 QUE-SPA Data set. IWSLT particpants should also feel free to use any public websites for the unconstrained task. This includes the data set of 60 hours of fully transcribed Quechua audio which can be obtained by emailing j.ortega@northeastern.edu and rodolfojoel.zevallos@upf.edu.

Submission/Evaluation

Please submit your files as <participant>.st.<condition>.<primary/contrastive1/contrastive2>.<source>-<target>.txt. The evaluation set will include a segments.txt (one utterance per line, with file-ids and start/end times) and the submission of translation outputs should be ordered in the same way.

Specifically, file names for translation outputs should follow the following structure:
<participant>.st.<condition>.<primary/contrastive1/contrastive2>.<src>-<tgt>.txt
e.g., gmu.st.basic.primary.aeb-eng.txt for translation outputs. The language pair is indicated by <src>-<tgt>.

File names for speech recognition outputs (if applicable) should follow the following structure:
<participant>.asr.<condition>.<primary/contrastive1/contrastive2>.<src>.txt
e.g., gmu.asr.basic.primary.aeb.txt for ASR outputs.

Submissions should consist of plaintext files with one sentence per line, following the order of the test set segment file, pre-formatted for scoring (detokenized and cased appropriately). The <condition> tag should be one of the following: “constrained“ or “unconstrained”. If multiple outputs are submitted for one test set, one system must be explicitly marked as primary. We ask that the participants include a (very) short system desciption in the submission email.

All submissions of the same language-pair should be compressed in a single .tar.gz file with “IWSLT 2023 Dialectal and Low-Resource Task Submission” in the title, and submitted to corresponding organizer for evaluation:

  • aeb-eng: x@cs.jhu.edu (where x=kevinduh)
  • pus-fra, tmh-fra: TBD
  • mlt-eng: TBD
  • que-spa: TBD
  • mr-hi, ga-eng: TBD

Organizers

aeb-eng:

  • Kevin Duh, Johns Hopkins University
  • Paul McNamee, Johns Hopkins University
  • Kenton Murray, Johns Hopkins University

pus-fra, tmh-fra:

  • Souhir Gahbiche (Airbus, France)
  • Khalid Choukri (ELDA, France)
  • Yannick Estève, Avignon University

mlt-eng:

  • Claudia Borg, University of Malta
  • Thierry Declerck, DFKI
  • Rishu Kumar, CUNI
  • Lonneke van der Plas, IDIAP

que-spa:

  • John E. Ortega, Northeastern University
  • Rodolfo Zevallos, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • William Chen, Carnegie Mellon University

mr-hi, ga-eng:

  • Atul Kr. Ojha, University of Galway and Panlingua Language Processing LLP
  • John McCrae, University of Galway
  • John Judge, Dublin City University

overview

  • Antonios Anastasopoulos, George Mason University
  • Milind Agarwal, George Mason University

Contact

Although each language-pair is managed by different organizers, please use this common forum for all questions and comments: iwslt-evaluation-campaign@googlegroups.com

Please use “Dialectal/Low-Resource” in your email subject to make it easy for the organizers to monitor the forum.