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Inclusion of a prosodic module in spoken language translation
Telia Research AB, System Res. Spoken Language Processing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3734-0757
Telia Research AB, System Res. Spoken Language Processing.
1995 (English)In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 98, no 5, p. 2894-2895, article id 2aSC27Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
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Current speech recognition systems mainly work on statistical bases and make no use of information signalled by prosody, i.e. the segment duration and fundamental frequency contour of the speech signal. In more advanced applications for speech recognition, such as speech-to-speech translation systems, it is necessary to include the linguistic information conveyed by prosody. Earlier research has shown that prosody conveys information at syntactic, semantic and pragmatic levels. The degree of linguistic information conveyed by prosody varies between languages, from languages such as English, with a relatively low degree of prosodic disambiguation, via tone-accent languages such as Swedish, to pure tone languages. The inclusion of a prosodic module in speech translation systems is not only vital in order to link the source language to the target language, but could also be used to enhance speech recognition proper.  Besides syntactic and semantic information, properties such as dialect, sociolect, sex and attitude etc is signalled by prosody. Speech-to-speech recognition systems that will not transfer this type of information will be of limited value for person-to-person communication. A tentative architecture for the inclusion of a prosodic module in a speech-to-speech translation system is presented.

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American Institute of Physics (AIP), 1995. Vol. 98, no 5, p. 2894-2895, article id 2aSC27
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-135277DOI: 10.1121/1.414260OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-135277DiVA, id: diva2:1080370
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30th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of AmericaSaint Louis, MI, USA, 27 November–1 December 1995
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