15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Non-Native Linguistic Elements in Spoken Swedish

Anders Lindström

Telia Research AB, Sweden

In this paper, data from an earlier production study involving foreign items in Swedish is revisited and the variability in the data is discussed with the purpose of drawing the consequences for what could and should actually be modelled in speech technology applications. A set of design criteria for a Swedish lexicon implementation are suggested and a preliminary outline of such an implementation using weighted finite-state automata is presented. The lexical component under development is intended to be capable of handling productive Swedish inflection, derivation and compounding in conjunction with foreign morphological and/or phonological elements, including proper handling of the interference between native and non-native stress and word accent patterns. The lexical component is designed so as to meet these functional requirements and handle inflection and regular word formation through derivation and compounding but not, for instance, clippings and other more creative processes.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lindström, Anders (2003): "Non-native linguistic elements in spoken Swedish", In ICPhS-15, 2353-2356.