Paper: Pronouncing Text By Analogy

ACL ID C96-1046
Title Pronouncing Text By Analogy
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996

Pronunciation-by-analogy (PbA) is an emer- ging technique for text-phoneme conversion based on a psychological model of read- ing aloud. This paper explores the impact of certain basic implementational choices on the performance of various PbA mod- els. These have been tested on their abil- ity to pronounce sets of short pseudowords previously used in similar studies, as well as lexical words temporarily removed from the dictionary. Best results of 85.7% and 67.9% words correct are obtained lor the pseudo- words and lexical words respectively, cast- ing doubt on certain previous-reported per- formance figures in the literature.