Second European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Genova, Italy
September 24-26, 1991


A Coded Dictionary for Stress Assignment Rules in Italian

Marcello Balestri

CSELT - Centro Studi e Laboratori Telecomunicazioni S. p. A. , Torino, Italy

This paper describes a method for the automatic location of the lexical stress in an Italian text. The method is based on the observation that in Italian many words ending with the same letters show the same stress position; for example, in all words ending in "-grafia" like "fotografia" (photograph) the stress falls on the penultimate vowel. We can formulate a rule encompassing the majority of words showing the same stress pattern; words which do not correspond to the pattern being dealt with by an appropriate exception mechanism.

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Bibliographic reference.  Balestri, Marcello (1991): "A coded dictionary for stress assignment rules in Italian", In EUROSPEECH-1991, 1169-1172.