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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

The PhonDoc Toolkit for Semi-Automatic Phonemic Documentation

Julie Carson-Berndsen

University College Dublin, Ireland

This paper presents the PhonDoc toolkit which has been designed to automate as much as possible of the process of phonemic language documentation. The toolkit has evolved from a computational phonology and phonetic exploitation environment which serves to acquire and evaluate generic phonological resources for use in speech technology applications. The toolkit prototype uses automata induction to generate descriptions of phonotactic constraints of a language and applies natural class generation to identify idiosyncratic gaps in the description. In the process, various inventories are constructed which can be used for the purposes of document generation such as those which serve as the basis for a JIPA-style IPA application.

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Bibliographic reference.  Carson-Berndsen, Julie (2003): "The phondoc toolkit for semi-automatic phonemic documentation", In ICPhS-15, 2741-2744.