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ERIC Number: ED316052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Computer Programs To Transcribe French Text into Speech: Problems and Suggested Solutions.
Marty, Fernand; Hart, Robert S.
The process of developing a computer program that can turn French text into speech is described. The program is designed to change a conventionally-spelled text into a phonemic transcription with an accuracy level of over 99.9%, divide the text into breath-groups that are syntactically correct and not over 14 syllables long, treat the unstable vowels and liaisons in accordance with the language level (register) chosen for the program, operate on personal microcomputers and use no more than 450 kilobytes of RAM, transcribe at a minimum rate of 10 phonemes per second, and, in combination with prosodic rules, be sent to a speech synthesizer. The strings of phonetic symbols generated can also be processed to yield statistical analyses, phonemic distribution tables, and graphs. The process of writing the computer program is described. Appended materials include: lists of words and sentences that can be used to test the program's accuracy; an algorithm for end-of-line hyphens; abbreviations written as complete words; treatment of hyphenated words; borrowings, neologisms, and slang; procedures for assignment of linguistic features; a list of linguistic features; root, prefix, and suffix tables; and algorithms, distributions, and procedures for various phonemes. A 53-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Algorithms, Computational Linguistics, Computer Software, French, Microcomputers, Phonetic Transcription, Programing, Speech Synthesizers, Statistical Analysis, Structural Analysis (Linguistics)
Language Learning Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, G70 Foreign Languages Building, 707 South Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.