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An information theoretic approach to the automatic determination of phonemic baseforms

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2 Author(s)
Lucassen, J. ; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Mercer, R.L.

We present a method for predicting the phonemic baseform of a word given its spelling and a sample utterance. We have developed a procedure, based on information theoretic principles, for discovering a set of spelling-to-sound rules automatically. We have also constructed a simple phoneme recognizer. The spelling-to-sound rules predict the correct phoneme 93.7% of the time. When coupled with the phoneme recognizer, we are able to predict the correct phoneme 97.1% of the time.

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Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, IEEE International Conference on ICASSP '84.  (Volume:9 )

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0-0 March 1984