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From SAM + PROS + A, where PROS stands for Prosodic Transcription, and SAM and A were added for similarity to SAMPA.



  1. ASCII-based representation of the International Phonetic Alphabet that includes symbols for toneage, length, stress, and pause.
    • 2002: B.S. Manjunath, Philippe Salembier, and Thomas Sikora, Introduction to MPEG-7: Multimedia Content Description Interface, volume 1, page 309
      Unfortunately, silence is not considered a phone, and within ASR no standard exists for its representation. To account for silences within a phone decoding we have chosen to employ the SAMPROSA (Speech Assessment Methods Prosodic Approach) suggestion of ‘. . .’ to represent silence.

Further reading[edit]

SAMPROSA Symbol Set (draft)