Caching apparatus for serving phonetic pronunciations

  • US 9,646,609 B2
  • Filed: 08/25/2015
  • Issued: 05/09/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for operating a virtual assistant, the method comprising:

  • at an electronic device having a processor and memory;

    receiving, from a first user device, a first pronunciation for a first named entity;

    receiving, from a second user device, a second pronunciation for the first named entity;

    storing the first and second pronunciations for the first named entity in a shared pronunciation lexicon;

    receiving, from a third user device, audio data representing user speech and a context of the third user device, the user speech including the first named entity in spoken form; and

    performing speech-to-text conversion on the audio data to generate a textual representation of the user speech, the speech-to-text conversion comprising selecting, for comparison with the audio data, the stored first pronunciation or the stored second pronunciation for the first named entity based on the context.

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