Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Using Morphological Analysis to Improve Japanese Pronunciation

Atsuko Kikuchi, Wayne Lawrence

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

This paper argues that correcting mispronunciations of words in a case-by-case fashion only serves to improve the pronunciation of the one particular form. The paper offers an alternative approach where (i) the morphological make-up of words, (ii) regular processes which apply at morpheme boundaries, and (iii) restrictions on the length of morphemes are taught to prevent common pronunciation mistakes such as *itoo (for ittoo 'one head'), *hokaidoo (for hokkaidoo), and *shupatsu, *shuupatsu, *shuuppatsu (for shuppatsu 'departure').

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Bibliographic reference.  Kikuchi, Atsuko / Lawrence, Wayne (1994): "Using morphological analysis to improve Japanese pronunciation", In ICSLP-1994, 1735-1738.