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The Spoken Language Translator

The Spoken Language Translator

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Part of Studies in Natural Language Processing

  • Date Published: August 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521770774

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  • This original volume describes the Spoken Language Translator (SLT), one of the first major automatic speech translation projects. The SLT system can translate between English, French, and Swedish in the domain of air travel planning, using a vocabulary of about 1500 words, and with an accuracy of about 75%. The authors detail the language processing components, largely built on top of the SRI Core Language Engine, using a combination of general grammars and techniques that allow them to be rapidly customized to specific domains. They base speech recognition on Hidden Markov Mode technology, and use versions of the SRI DECIPHER system. This account of SLT is an essential resource for researchers interested in knowing what is achievable in spoken-language translation today.

    • This is a major book about one of the first speech translation systems
    • One of a very small number of books that give detailed descriptions of large implemented speech-understanding systems
    • The book describes how many different techniques, both statistical and rule-based, were combined to create the SLT system
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    "...this book is a useful resource for those who are interested in knowing how to build a speech-to-speech translation system, especially for those who are interested in grammar-based language processing approaches." Computational Linguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521770774
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 33 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Language Processing and Corpora:
    2. Translation using the core language engine
    3. Grammar specialisation
    4. Choosing among interpretations
    5. The TreeBanker
    6. Acquisition of lexical entries
    7. Spelling and morphology
    8. Corpora and data collection
    Part II. Linguistic Coverage:
    9. English coverage
    10. French coverage
    11. Swedish coverage
    12. Transfer coverage
    13. Rational reuse of linguistic data
    Part III. Speech Processing:
    14. Speech recognition
    15. Acoustic modelling
    16. Language modelling for multilingual speech translation
    17. Porting a recogniser to a new language
    18. Multiple dialects and languages
    19. Common speech/language issues
    Part IV. Evaluation and Conclusions:
    20. Evaluation
    21. Conclusions
    Appendix A: the mathematics of discriminant scores
    Appendix B: notation for QLF-based processing

  • Editors

    Manny Rayner, SRI International, USA

    David Carter

    Pierrette Bouillon, University of Geneva, ISSCO

    Vassilis Digalakis, Technical University of Crete

    Mats Wirén, Stockholms Universitet

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