5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

How a French TTS System can Describe Loanwords

Frederique Sannier, Rabia Belrhali, Véronique Aubergé

Institut de la Communication Parlee, France

We give a survey of the phonographical behaviour of the loanwords introduced into the French lexicon, through the observation of the systematic functioning of the French letter-to-phone TOPH system. We thus define sub-systems, isolated into lexicons. The processing of loans through the Toph TTS made it possible to give clues about the importance of one or other language in the French lexicon. The observation of the utterances graphonical functioning, made it thus possible to delimit classes. The second part of this study more specifically deals with the loanwords inflexion paradigms, for which as well different functionings are drawn.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sannier, Frederique / Belrhali, Rabia / Aubergé, Véronique (1998): "How a French TTS system can describe loanwords", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0497.