System and method for user-specified pronunciation of words for speech synthesis and recognition

  • US 9,966,060 B2
  • Filed: 02/28/2017
  • Issued: 05/08/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/07/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for learning word pronunciations, comprising:

  • at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors;

    detecting an error in a speech based interaction with a digital assistant based on detecting a user input other than the speech based interaction;

    in response to detecting the error, receiving a speech input from a user, the speech input including a pronunciation of one or more words;

    determining, based on the pronunciation of the one or more words, a first set of phonemes from a speech recognition phonetic alphabet and a second set of phonemes from a speech synthesis phonetic alphabet;

    updating one or more databases to include the first set of phonemes and the second set of phonemes in association with a text string corresponding to the one or more words; and

    performing speech recognition or speech synthesis using the updated one or more databases.

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