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Title: The predictability of name pronunciation errors in four South African languages
Authors: Kgampe, M
Davel, MH
Keywords: South African languages
Pronunciation errors
Pattern recognition
Grapheme-to-phoneme
G2P
G2P predictors
Speech technologies
Issue Date: Nov-2011
Publisher: PRASA
Citation: Kgampe, M and Davel, MH. The predictability of name pronunciation errors in four South African languages. 22nd Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA), Emerald Casino and Resort, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, 22-25 November 2011
Series/Report no.: Workflow;8130
Abstract: Personal names are often pronounced in very different ways depending on the language background of the speaker. We seek to determine whether some of these pronunciations ‘errors’ are systematic and if so, in which ways. Specifically, we analyze some of the the typical errors made by speakers from four South African languages (Setswana, English, isiZulu) when producing names from the same four languages. We compare these results with the pronunciations generated by four language-specific grapheme-to-phoneme (G2P) predictors trained on generic words from the four languages. We find that the G2P predictors are able to predict at least some of the typical errors humans make and, in fact, that these errors are slightly more predictable than the correct pronunciations themselves.
Description: 22nd Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA), Emerald Casino and Resort, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, 22-25 November 2011
URI: http://www.prasa.org/proceedings/2011/prasa2011-16.pdf
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5771
ISBN: 978-0-620-51914-4
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General science, engineering & technology

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