The effect of language model probability on pronunciation reduction

  title={The effect of language model probability on pronunciation reduction},
  author={Daniel Jurafsky and Alan Bell and Michelle Gregory and William D. Raymond},
We investigate how the probability of a word affects its pronunciation. We examined 5618 tokens of the 10 most frequent (function) words in Switchboard: I, and, the, that, a, you, to, of, it, and in, and 2042 tokens of content words whose lexical form ends in a t or d. Our observations were drawn from the phonetically hand-transcribed subset [1] of the Switchboard corpus [2], enabling us to code each word with its pronunciation and duration. Using linear and logistic regression to control for… CONTINUE READING
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