Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Word Class Assignment in a Text-To-Speech System

Rijk Willemse, Leon Gulikers

Nijmegen University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Word Class Assignment (WCLA) in a Text-To-Speech (TTS) system is necessary for correct grapheme-to-phoneme conversion, and as a precursor for syntactic analysis (necessary for the calculation of intonation contours). Since the words of a language do not form a closed set (especially in languages like German and Dutch that can freely form new compounds), a lexicon will always be incomplete and thus must be supplemented by modules for morphological decomposition, and rule-based WCLA. Moreover, most words can have several word classes; thus, WCLA requires statistical and/or syntactical evaluation of a word class lattice.

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Bibliographic reference.  Willemse, Rijk / Gulikers, Leon (1992): "Word class assignment in a text-to-speech system", In ICSLP-1992, 105-108.