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Title: Bootstrapping pronunciation models
Authors: Davel, M
Barnard, E
Keywords: Bootstrapping
Pronunciation models
Bootstrapping techniques
Eelectronic pronunciation lexicon
Human language technologies
Issue Date: Jul-2006
Publisher: Acad Science South Africa A S S AF
Citation: Davel, M and Barnard, E. 2006. Bootstrapping pronunciation models. South African Journal of Science, Vol. 102(7/8), pp 322-328
Abstract: Bootstrapping techniques can accelerate the development of language technology for resource-scarce languages. We (the authors) define a framework for the analysis of a general bootstrapping process whereby a model is improved through a controlled series of increments, at each stage using the previous model to generate the next. We (the authors) apply this framework to the task of creating pronunciation models for resource-scarce languages, iteratively combining machine learning and human knowledge in a way that minimizes the human intervention required during this process. We (the authors) analyse the effectiveness of such an approach when developing a medium sized (5000–10 000-word) pronunciation lexicon. We (the authors) develop such an electronic pronunciation lexicon in Afrikaans, one of South Africa’s official languages, and provide initial results obtained for similar lexicons developed in Zulu and Sepedi, two other South African languages. We (the authors) derive a mathematical model that can be used to predict the amount of time required for the development of a pronunciation lexicon of a given size, demonstrate the various tools that can accelerate the bootstrapping process, and evaluate the efficiency of these tools in practice.
Description: Copyright: 2006 Acad Science South Africa A S S AF
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/841
ISSN: 0038-2353
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