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The Spoken Language Translator


Part of Studies in Natural Language Processing

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038829

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  • This book presents a detailed description of Spoken Language Translator (SLT), one of the first major projects in the area of automatic speech translation. 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 per cent. The greater part of the book describes the language processing components, which are 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. Speech recognition is based on Hidden Markov Mode technology, and uses versions of the SRI DECIPHER system. This account of the Spoken Language Translator should be an essential resource both for those who wish to know what is achievable in spoken-language translation today, and for those who wish to understand how to achieve it.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… the book provides a fine overview of the main considerations in the development of a domain-specific speech translation system. The editors have ensured that the main issues are covered, and much effort has been made to ensure a balance in both form and contents from one chapter to another.' M. C. L'Homme, Computing Reviews

    '… an essential resource both for those who wish to know what is achievable in spoken language translation today, and for those who wish to understand how to achieve it.' Zentralblatt für Mathematik

    '… a very accessible account of a mainly rule-based system for translating spoken language. … the book is very well written and structured. There are many lessons here for subsequent generations of speech and language researchers. … it would be a good primer for anyone wishing to develop a serious speech or language processing system.' Journal of Natural Language Processing

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038829
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.522kg
    • 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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