Paper: Pronunciation Modeling in Spelling Correction for Writers of English as a Foreign Language

ACL ID N09-3006
Title Pronunciation Modeling in Spelling Correction for Writers of English as a Foreign Language
Venue HLT-NAACL Companion Volume: Student Research Workshop and Doctoral Consortium
Session
Year 2009
Authors

We propose a method for modeling pronunci- ation variation in the context of spell checking for non-native writers of English. Spell check- ers, typically developed for native speakers, fail to address many of the types of spelling errors peculiar to non-native speakers, espe- cially those errors influenced by differences in phonology. Our model of pronunciation varia- tionisusedtoextendapronouncingdictionary for use in the spelling correction algorithm developed by Toutanova and Moore (2002), which includes models for both orthography and pronunciation. The pronunciation vari- ation modeling is shown to improve perfor- mance for misspellings produced by Japanese writers of English.