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The Spoken Language Translator

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This original volume describes the Spoken Language Translator (SLT), one of the first major automatic speech translation projects. The SLT system can translate between English, French, and Swedish in the domain of air travel planning, using a vocabulary of about 1500 words, and with an accuracy of about 75%. The authors detail the language processing components, largely ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Cambridge University Press (first published August 28th 2000)
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Nov 06, 2016 Manny rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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In this book you learn how important it is to speak language rather than mumble it. For example, if I said to you: “Hum ma num ma mum pa lo ma oh,” you would take me for a lunatic. If I said: “Hello there, my name is Greg. My role in this narrative is vital,” you would understand me. Of course, you can’t translate spoken language, you need to write it down and then translate it, so this title is silly and misleading. Apart from these criticisms, I believe this might be the most important ...more
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p. 3 Well, I've been getting the smallest idea of SLT over the last months, but I mean small. I only just know where the on/off switch is on my computer, so my perspective is of somebody completely ignorant.

The first thing that comes to mind, reading the introduction, is what an incredibly difficult, ambitious thing it is, SLT. I'm sure the authors do not oversell it when they say, p. 2 that if it could fulfill all its aims it would transform human society.

The second
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