First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

Automatic Assignment of Lexical Stress in Italian

Philippe Martin

University of Toronto / Centre National d'Etude des Telecommunications, France

An automatic method to assign lexical stress in Italian from a written text is presented here. This method is based on specific morphological properties of the Italian morphemes, which can only be stressed on the last or the penultimate syllable. Using a morphological analyzer and a morpheme database, the assignment program attempts to analyze each entry into a morpheme followed by one or more suffixes and flexions, which can contain a stressable syllable. The resulting stressed syllable is determined by applying a simple final stress rule to these elements.

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Bibliographic reference.  Martin, Philippe (1989): "Automatic assignment of lexical stress in Italian", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 1222-1225.