Paper: A Phonological Processor For Italian

ACL ID E83-1005
Title A Phonological Processor For Italian
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1983

A computer program for the automatic translation of any text of Italian into naturally fluent synthetic speech is pre- sented. The program, or Phonological Processor (hence FP) maps into prosodic structures the phonological rules of Italian. Structural information is provided by such hierarchical pros- odic constituents as Syllable (S), Metrical Foot (HF), Phono- logical Word (PW), Intonational Group (IG). Onto these struc- tures, phonological rules are applied such as the "letter-to- sound" rules, automatic word stress rules,internal stress hier- archy rules indicating secondary stress,external sandhi rules, phonological focus assignment rules, logical focus assignment rules. The FP constitutes also a model to simulate the reading process aloud, and the psycholinguistics and cognitive asp...