Paper: Analysis Of Unknown Words Through Morphological Decomposition

ACL ID E91-1018
Title Analysis Of Unknown Words Through Morphological Decomposition
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991
Authors

This paper describes a method of analysing words through morphological decomposition when the lexicon is incomplete. The method is used within a text-to-speech system to help gen- erate pronunciations of unknown words. The method is achieved within a general morpho- logical analyser system using Koskenniemi two- level rules. Keywords: Morphology, incomplete lexicon, text-to-speech systems Background When a text-to-speech synthesis system is used, it is likely that the text being processed will contain a few words which do not appear in the lexicon as entries in their own right. If the lexicon consists only of whole-word entries, then the method for producing a pronunciation for such "unknown ~ words is simply: to pass them through a set of letter-to-sound rules fol- lowed by word stress as...