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Title: Consistency of cross-lingual pronunciation of South African personal names
Authors: Kgampe, M
Davel, MH
Keywords: Language profiles
Cross-lingual pronunciation
Pronunciation
Language communities
Primary language
PRASA 2010
Pattern recognition
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Publisher: PRASA 2010
Citation: Kgampe, M and Davel, MH. 2010. Consistency of cross-lingual pronunciation of South African personal names. 21st Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA 2010), Stellenbosch, South Africa, 22-23 November 2010, pp 123-127
Series/Report no.: Conference Paper
Abstract: The authors investigate the consistency with which speakers with different language profiles are able to pronounce personal names from Afrikaans, English, Setswana and isiZulu. They gather data in a controlled research study and analyse cross-lingual pronunciation effects. They find that speakers with a similar primary language tend to agree on the ‘correct’ pronunciation of a name originating from their own language community, and that the ability of speakers from other language communities to approximate this pronunciation is highly dependent on the speaker-word language pair. They also find that there are systematic ways in which names are ‘mis-pronounced’ by different language communities: understanding such systematicity could be important when extending electronic pronunciation dictionaries (used in spoken dialogue systems) with the most important variants that occur in practice, in order to increase the accuracy of name recognition.
Description: 21st Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA 2010), Stellenbosch, South Africa, 22-23 November 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/4754
ISBN: 978-0-7992-2470-2
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General science, engineering & technology

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