Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog / Edition 73

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Overview

The Verbmobil System currently under development in Germany would input speech in a source language dialogue, translate it, and output synthesized speech in a target language, all in real time under the conditions of face-to-face dialogue. This preliminary study is an assessment of the state of the art of the speech recognition and machine translation fields, and a frank discussion of the challenges the developers of such a system face. A speech-based machine translation system in effect combines all the technical problems of understanding and generation systems and adds the very special difficulties of translation. The difficulties of translation are illustrated with a variety of examples culled from a number of languages. A general architecture called translation-by-negotiation is proposed. This book is of value not only to students of speech recognition and machine translation, but to anyone interested in natural language processing in general, since computational problems and linguistic approaches at various levels of linguistics and analysis are discussed.

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Verbmobile is that little electronic device you carry to an international meeting to translate your language into another language as you speak. Don't worry, no one else has one yet either. The German Ministry of Research and Technology has been working towards developing it, however, and asked Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information to assess the state of the art in the relevant fields of science and technology and to chart a course to the first prototype. What constitutes a prototype is one of the issues addressed. So far, the work is accessible to readers with little sophistication in either language or computers. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780937073957
  • Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Series: Center for the Study of Language and Information Series , #33
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 73
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Machine Translation 11
3 Speech Recognition 109
4 Recommendations 161
Bibliography 212
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