Paper: Using An On-Line Dictionary To Find Rhyming Words And Pronunciations For Unknown Words

ACL ID P85-1034
Title Using An On-Line Dictionary To Find Rhyming Words And Pronunciations For Unknown Words
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985
Authors
  • Roy J. Byrd (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights NY)
  • Martin Chodorow (City University of New York-Hunter College, New York NY; IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights NY)

Humans know a great deal about relationships among words. This paper discusses relationships among word pronunciations. We describe a computer system which models human judgement of rhyme by assigning specific roles to the location of primary stress, the similarity of phonetic segments, and other factors. By using the model as an experimental tool, we expect to improve our understanding of rhyme. A related computer model will attempt to generate pronunciations for unknown words by analogy with those for known words. The analogical processes involve techniques for segmenting and matching word spellings, and for mapping spelling to sound in known words. As in the case of rhyme, the computer model will be an important tool for improving our understanding of these processes. Both models serve ...