13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

PermA and Balloon: Tools for String Alignment and Text Processing

Uwe D. Reichel

Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing, University of Munich, Germany

Two research tools available as webservices are presented in this paper: PermA, a general-purpose string aligner which can for example be used for grapheme-to-phoneme and phoneme-to-phoneme alignment, and Balloon, a text processing toolkit for German and English providing components for part-of-speech tagging, morphological analyses, and grapheme-to-phoneme conversion including syllabification and wordstress assignment. In this paper the general architectures of these tools are introduced with a focus on recent enhancements concerning the alignment cost function derivation and word stress assignment.

Index Terms: alignment, grapheme-to-phoneme conversion, part-of-speech tagging, morphology, word-stress assignment, tools

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Bibliographic reference.  Reichel, Uwe D. (2012): "Perma and Balloon: tools for string alignment and text processing", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 1874-1877.