8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

Probabilistic Deduction of Symbol Mappings for Extension of Lexicons

Rita Singh (1), Evandro B. Gouvêa (1), Bhiksha Raj (2)

(1) Carnegie Mellon University, USA
(2) Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, USA

This paper proposes a statistical mapping-based technique for guessing pronunciations of novel words from their spellings. The technique is based on the automatic determination and utilization of unidirectional mappings between n-tuples of characters and n-tuples of phonemes, and may be viewed as a statistical extension of analogy-based pronunciation guessing algorithms.

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Bibliographic reference.  Singh, Rita / Gouvêa, Evandro B. / Raj, Bhiksha (2007): "Probabilistic deduction of symbol mappings for extension of lexicons", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 1789-1792.