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ILE - Italian Lexicon

ILE is a CD distributed by ELRA/ELDA. Catalogue number is S0059, and the following prices apply:

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ILE is a 588,000 entries Italian lexicon transcribed with SAMPA notation.  It was generated, mainly for speech recognition purposes, by means of a morphological analyzer handling more than 100,000 morphemes, each of them transcribed and manually checked. Each stem was combined with all its possible suffixes to form valid words. Verbal forms do not include clitics.

The morpho-lexicon was obtained by properly processing the Zingarelli dictionary, and adding by hand all possible inflections. This base lexicon was then enriched with names and neologisms found in the 65,000 most frequent words of the newspaper "Il Sole 24 Ore". Also the most frequent Italian proper names and surnames (from the telephone directory), geographical names, acronyms, company names, commonly used foreign words were added to the lexicon.

All words are transcribed using SAMPA units for the Italian language. In case of multiple pronunciations for a word, one row for each different transcription is provided (a total of about 601,000 different transcriptions are provided for the 588,000 words lexicon).  Stressed vowels are marked with the ASCII character ".  Also foreign words are transcribed using only SAMPA units for the Italian language, which leads to some awkward but effective transcription, at least for speech recognition purposes.

Some samples of ILE follow.

ANCORA "a n k o r a
ANCORA a n k "o r a
CESSARE tS e ss "a r e
CESSEREBBERO tS e ss e r "E bb e r o
CITTA` tS i tt "a
AIDS "a i d s
AIDS a i d i "E ss e
BABY-SITTER b E b i s "i tt e r
BABY-SITTER b e i b i s "i tt e r
BLUE-JEANS b l u dZ "i n s


  Last update 4/1/1999 - Maintainer Roberto Gretter