Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Which Italian do Current Systems Speak? A First Step Towards Pronunciation Modelling of Italian Varieties

Michelina Savino (1), Mario Refice (2), Massimo Mitaritonna (2)

(1) UniversitÓ di Bari, Italy; (2) Politecnico di Bari, Italy

This paper describes the first attempt to model regional accent pronunciation of Italian for grapheme-to-phoneme conversion algorithms, useful for implementing speech systems which can sound more natural to Italian end users. In particular, it reports on the variety spoken in Bari, in Southern Italy. The system has been designed in such a modular way to allow possible future extensions to other different varieties.

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Bibliographic reference.  Savino, Michelina / Refice, Mario / Mitaritonna, Massimo (2005): "Which Italian do current systems speak? a first step towards pronunciation modelling of Italian varieties", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 1961-1964.