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Grapheme—phoneme probabilities in British English

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A computational analysis of a large British English database was performed and frequencies of occurrence of grapheme—phoneme correspondences were obtained. A computer program was implemented, which used these frequencies to predict the probabilities of all possible pronunciations of any given string of graphemes. These results led to a proposal for a quantitative method of measurement of the orthographic depth of different languages.

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Correspondence to P. F. D. Gontijo.

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Note: The authors have a direct financial interest in some of the software described in this paper.—Editor

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Gontijo, P.F.D., Gontijo, I. & Shillcock, R. Grapheme—phoneme probabilities in British English. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers 35, 136–157 (2003). https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03195506

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Keywords

  • Grand Total
  • Search Width
  • Shallow Orthography
  • Orthographic Depth
  • Correct Pronunciation