ISCA Archive SLTU 2014
ISCA Archive SLTU 2014

Phonetic tool for the Tunisian Arabic

Abir Masmoudi, Yannick Estève, Mariem Ellouze Khmekhem, Fethi Bougares, Lamia Hadrich Belguith

A phonetic dictionary is an essential component of a speech recognition system or a speech synthesis system. Our work targets the generation of an automatic pronunciation dictionary for the Tunisian Arabic, in particular in the field of rail transport. To do this, we created two tools of phonetic vowelized and unvowelized words in the Tunisian Arabic. The proposed method to automatically generate phonetic dictionaries is based on rules and is presented in this article. This paper outlines the steps to create our own study corpus TARIC: Tunisian Arabic Railway Interaction Corpus[l]. Then it details the phonetic and phonological exceptions of the Tunisian Arabic and illustrates some rules used for the construction of phonetic dictionary.


A. Masmoudi. M. Ellouze Khmekhem, Y. Estève, L. Hadrich Belguith, and N. Ilabash, "A corpus and a phonetic dictionary for Tunisian Arabic speech recognition". In 19th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Reykjavik, Iceland, 2014.

Index Terms: Tunisian Arabic, Phonologic, Phonetic Dictionary, vowelized and unvowelized words.

Cite as: Masmoudi, A., Estève, Y., Khmekhem, M.E., Bougares, F., Belguith, L.H. (2014) Phonetic tool for the Tunisian Arabic. Proc. 4th Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages (SLTU 2014), 253-256

  author={Abir Masmoudi and Yannick Estève and Mariem Ellouze Khmekhem and Fethi Bougares and Lamia Hadrich Belguith},
  title={{Phonetic tool for the Tunisian Arabic}},
  booktitle={Proc. 4th Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages  (SLTU 2014)},