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Chinese word segmentation apparatus

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A Chinese word segmentation apparatus relates to processing of a Chinese sentence input to a computer. A character-to-phonetic converter of the segmentation apparatus initially converts a Chinese sentence into a phonetic symbol string while referring to a character phonetic dictionary and a ductionary for characters with different pronunciations. Thereafter, a candidate word-selector refers to a system dictionary to retrieve all of the possible candidate characters or words in the phonetic symbol string and relevant information, such as frequency of use, using the phonetic symbols as indexing terms. Unfeasible candidate characters or words are discarded. Subsequently, an optimum candidate character string-decider ...