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Is word-to-phone mapping better than phone-phone mapping for handling English words?

Naresh Kumar Elluru, Anandaswarup Vadapalli, Raghavendra Elluru and Kishore Prahallad

The 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Short Papers (ACL Short Papers 2013)
Sofia, Bulgaria, August 4-9, 2013


In this paper, we relook at the problem of pronunciation of English words using native phone set. Specifically, we investigate methods of pronouncing English words using Telugu/Hindi phoneset in the context of Telugu/Hindi Text-to-Speech. We compare phone-phone substitution and word-phone mapping for pronunciation of English words using Telugu phones. We are not considering other than native language phoneset in all our experiments. This differentiates our approach from other works in polyglot speech synthesis.

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