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Rule-Based Grapheme to Phoneme Converter for Malayalam

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : International Journal of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing

Campus : Coimbatore

School : School of Engineering

Department : Electronics and Communication

Year : 2013

Abstract : Speech is the primary means for communication. Since persons wish to interact with computers via speech, there have been a great number of efforts to incorporate speech into human-computer communication environments. Grapheme to Phoneme (G2P) has an inevitable role in speech synthesis as well as speech recognition systems. Grapheme to Phoneme conversion is the process of assigning phonetic transcription to words. This paper proposes a rule based G2P for Malayalam. Malayalam is one of the most prominent regional languages of Indian subcontinent, belonging to Dravidian family of languages. Grapheme is the smallest linguistic unit in a written language, which includes alphabets, digits and other symbols. Phoneme is the basic linguistic unit in spoken language.

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