5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
The focus of this paper is to formulate an approach to merging phonemes across languages and to evaluate the resulting cross-language merged speech units on the basis of the traditional acoustic-phonetic descriptions of the phonemes. The methodology is based on the belief that some phonemes across a set of languages may be similar enough to be equated, contrasting traditional phonology which treats phonemes from one language independent from phonemes from another language. The identification of cross-language speech units is performed by an iterative data-driven procedure, which merges acoustically similar phonemes from within one language as well as across languages. The paper interprets a number of merged speech units on the basis of articulatory descriptions.
Bibliographic reference. Dalsgaard, Paul / Andersen, Ove / Barry, William J. (1998): "Cross-language merged speech units and their descriptive phonetic correlates", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0482.