Multilingual Speech Processing

1st Edition

Editors: Tanja Schultz Katrin Kirchhoff
Print ISBN: 9780120885015
eBook ISBN: 9780080457628
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st April 2006
Page Count: 536
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Tanja Schultz and Katrin Kirchhoff have compiled a comprehensive overview of speech processing from a multilingual perspective. By taking this all-inclusive approach to speech processing, the editors have included theories, algorithms, and techniques that are required to support spoken input and output in a large variety of languages. This book presents a comprehensive introduction to research problems and solutions, both from a theoretical as well as a practical perspective, and highlights technology that incorporates the increasing necessity for multilingual applications in our global community.

Current challenges of speech processing and the feasibility of sharing data and system components across different languages guide contributors in their discussions of trends, prognoses and open research issues. This includes automatic speech recognition and speech synthesis, but also speech-to-speech translation, dialog systems, automatic language identification, and handling non-native speech. The book is complemented by an overview of multilingual resources, important research trends, and actual speech processing systems that are being deployed in multilingual human-human and human-machine interfaces.

Researchers and developers in industry and academia with different backgrounds but a common interest in multilingual speech processing will find an excellent overview of research problems and solutions detailed from theoretical and practical perspectives.

Key Features

  • State-of-the-art research with a global perspective by authors from the USA, Asia, Europe, and South Africa
  • The only comprehensive introduction to multilingual speech processing currently available
  • Detailed presentation of technological advances integral to security, financial, cellular and commercial applications


Researchers & government employees in industry, consultants in speech/signal processing, undergraduate and graduate students

Table of Contents

CH 1: Introduction CH 2: Language Characteristics CH 3: Linguistic Data Resources CH 4: Multilingual Acoustic Modeling CH 5: Multilingual Dictionaries CH 6: Multilingual Language Modeling CH 7: Multilingual Speech Synthesis CH 8: Automatic Language Identification CH 9: Other Challenges CH 10: Speech-to-Speech Translation CH 11: Multilingual Spoken Dialog Systems Bibliography


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About the Editor

Tanja Schultz

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Katrin Kirchhoff

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA


"Researchers and developers in industry and academia with different backgrounds will find this book an excellent overview of research problems and solutions" - J. Audio Eng. Soc., July/August 2006