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

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...