A New Algorithm for the Alignment of Phonetic Sequences
Alignment of phonetic sequences segments is a necessary step
in many applications in computational phonology.
After discussing various approaches to phonetic alignment,
I present a new algorithm
that combines a number of techniques developed for sequence comparison
with a scoring scheme for computing phonetic similarity
on the basis of multivalued features.
The algorithm performs better on cognate alignment,
in terms of accuracy and efficiency,
than other algorithms reported in the literature.