Speech Understanding: Computational Linguistics, and Artificial Intelligence
by Walker, Donald E.
Technical Note 85
Institution: AI Center, SRI International
Address: 333 Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Note: SRI Project 1526. ARPA contract DAHC04-72-C-0009. Revised version of a paper presented at the 1973 International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Pisa, 8/27-9/1/73.
The establishment of a major program of research on speech understanding is likely to make substantial demands on and to have significant consequences for both computational linguistics and artificial intelligence. The ability to talk to a computer in the performance of a shared task requires more than the addition of an acoustic component to a question-answering system. Analytical tools for dealing with semantics and pragmatics are likely to prove particularly important. Furthermore, to the degree that speech understanding requires an integration of linguistic features, it is likely to contribute to a more comprehensive model for language. The current work on speech understanding at Stanford Research Institute is described in the context of these considerations.