Mixed Video/Audio Pronouncing Dictionary
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Application of video-disc technology yields an impressive improvement to the function and ease of use of an unabridged dictionary. The present article describes an audio capability to a video-disc-based dictionary. The current method of diacritical/phonetic markings now used by dictionaries to show pronunciations is difficult, at best, for the non-specialist to use. The major problems in providing an audio pronouncing capability are memory size and economical creation of the data. A typical dictionary might have 105 main entries with 3 x 105 pronunciations. Estimating 0.5 second per utterance, the dictionary must contain 1.5 x 105 seconds = 41 hours of speech. At good fidelity (56 kb/sec), this would require 1.4 x 109 bytes. Since current discs provide N 109 bytes, this is marginally feasible.