Speech and Language Engineering

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EPFL Press, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 478 pages
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With the rapid growth of the language and speech industry, there is an increasing need for specialists able to work on multi-disciplinary projects combining elements of speech processing, natural language processing, and computer science. A unique text, Speech and Language Engineering builds the theoretical and practical background required for efficient teamwork in modern language and speech engineering. It provides an extensive introduction to the major areas of speech and language technology. Strengthening inter-disciplinary connections, it includes lectures on speech signal processing, speech and speaker recognition, and natural language processing, applications, and linguistic training for language and speech engineers.

The authors move from acoustic signal processing to pragmatics, traversing all the important aspects of speech and language processing such as phonetics, morphology, syntax, and semantics. They have purposefully designed the book to integrate the common thread that runs through the general principles of engineering sciences. The volume exemplifies an emerging methodology that is a key issue in the rational design of efficient and robust language-based computer applications. While engineering rigor is guaranteed in all chapters, the authors highlight the intuitive aspects of technical details. The contributions from acknowledged experts in the relevant sub-disciplines make this book a synthesis and distillation of knowledge into a coherent presentation.
 

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Contents

Components of a Natural Language Grammar
1
Linguistic Models for Parsing and Generation
15
Introduction to Semantics
27
Introduction to Pragmatics
51
Digital Signal Processing
69
Speech Signal Modeling and Analysis
101
Speech Coding Techniques and Standards
125
MorphoLexical Processing and PartofSpeech Tagging
145
Multilingual Natural Language Processing
257
Automatic Speech and Speaker Recognition
267
Speech Synthesizers and Automatic
337
An Overview
379
Applied Models for ManMachine Dialogue
393
ManMachine Voice Communication
433
Glossary
463
Index
473

Syntactic Processing
177
Applied Semantics
205

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