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Predicting the phonetic realizations of word-final consonants in context - A challenge for French grapheme-to-phoneme converters

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Predicting the phonetic realizations of word-final consonants in context - A challenge for French grapheme-to-phoneme converters
One of the main problems in developing a text-to-speech (TTS) synthesizer for French lies in grapheme-to-phoneme conversion. Automatic converters produce still too many errors in their phoneme sequences, to be helpful for people learning French as a foreign language. The prediction of the phonetic realizations of word-final consonants (WFCs) in general, and liaison in particular (les haricots vs. les escargots), are some of the main causes of such conversion errors. Rule-based methods have been used to solve these issues. Yet, the number of rules and their complex interaction make maintenance a problem. In order to alleviate such problems, we propose here an approach that, starting from a database (compiled from cases documented in the literature), allows to build C4.5 decision trees and subsequently, automate the generation of the required phonetic rules. We investigated the relative efficiency of this method both for classification of contexts and word-final consonant phoneme predic...
Josafá de Jesus Aguiar Pontes, Sadaoki Furu
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where SPEECH
Authors Josafá de Jesus Aguiar Pontes, Sadaoki Furui
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