"...a succinct presentation of the most important mathematical technology of speech technology and the author's ideas for overcoming the limitations of these techniques…" (Mathematical Reviews
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Humans use language to convey meaningful messages to each other.Linguistic competence consists in the ability to express meaningreliably, not simply to obtain faithful lexical transcriptions.This invaluable reference tool is the product of many years'experience and research on language and speech technology. Itpresents the motivations for, intuitions behind and basicmathematical models of natural spoken language communication. Froma preliminary discussion on the physics of speech production andthe taxonomy of linguistic structure, there is a naturalprogression taking in issues of grammatical inference, automaticspeech recognition and constructive theories of language. Theauthor counterbalances theoretical explanations and illustrationswith questions of a more philosophical nature designed to highlightthe seemingly limitless future potential of speech technology.
- Emphasizes the physics of speech production in an argumentunderpinned by mathematical models of linguistic structure.
- Collates the formalisms and perspectives used by linguists andengineers and examines established theories, including the Markovprocess, the Chomsky hierarchy, the Miller-Nicely experiments andBaum and Baker’s experiments.
- Contains strong sections on the current status and evolution ofArtificial Intelligence, the problem of consciousness and futureprospects for a science of the mind.
- Illustrates all points throughout using detailed real worldexamples.
This comprehensive resource will appeal to researchers andpractitioners in the fields of mathematical linguistics and speechtechnology as well as those in the related disciplines ofpsychology, artificial intelligence, automata theory, informationtheory and philosophy.