Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
(EUROSPEECH'99)

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

A Generic Lexicon Tool for Word Model Definition in Multimodal Applications

Julie Carson-Berndsen

Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

This paper describes a generic lexicon tool which uses lexical representations and finite state transducers enhanced by arithmetic operations in DATR to generate individual output formats from a general phonological feature based representation. The tool was developed in connection with the lexicon component of a diagnostic evaluation toolkit, BEETLE, for a linguistic word recognition system. This lexicon is used online by the system to distinguish between actual and potential syllables and used offline for evaluation purposes with respect to a particular corpus. Rather than design a syllable lexicon which can only be used for these two tasks, it was decided to develop a more generic lexicon from which specific lexica can be generated on the fly; BEETLE is, therefore, only one application of the generic lexicon tool which can be used to generate output formats for other speech technology and multimodal applications.


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Bibliographic reference.  Carson-Berndsen, Julie (1999): "A generic lexicon tool for word model definition in multimodal applications", In EUROSPEECH'99, 2235-2238.