EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


On the Pronunciation of Acronyms in French and in Italian

Philippe Boula de MareŘil (1), Franck Floricic (2)

(1) Elan TTS, France; (2) ERSS, France

Acronyms are used more and more nowadays: this article describes their pronunciation in French and in Italian. Rules are proposed, so that a text-to-speech converter may know whether it must spell or read acronyms, and which way. Our analysis, which gave rise to a computational realisation, leans on the number of letters which constitute acronyms, on the vowel/consonant opposition, as well as on the distribution between continuous and momentary consonants.

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Bibliographic reference.  Boula de MareŘil, Philippe / Floricic, Franck (2001): "On the pronunciation of acronyms in French and in Italian", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1923-1926.