Paper: Can Chinese Phonemes Improve Machine Transliteration?: A Comparative Study of English-to-Chinese Transliteration Models

ACL ID D09-1069
Title Can Chinese Phonemes Improve Machine Transliteration?: A Comparative Study of English-to-Chinese Transliteration Models
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2009
Authors

Inspired by the success of English grapheme-to-phoneme research in speech synthesis, many researchers have pro- posed phoneme-based English-to-Chinese transliteration models. However, such ap- proaches have severely suffered from the errors in Chinese phoneme-to-grapheme conversion. To address this issue, we propose a new English-to-Chinese transliteration model and make system- atic comparisons with the conventional models. Our proposed model relies on the joint use of Chinese phonemes and their corresponding English graphemes and phonemes. Experiments showed that Chinese phonemes in our proposed model can contribute to the performance im- provement in English-to-Chinese translit- eration.