Verbmobil: Foundations of Speech-to-Speech Translation

  • Wolfgang Wahlster

Part of the Artificial Intelligence book series (AI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Reinhard Karger, Wolfgang Wahlster
      Pages 22-30
  3. From Speech Input to Augmented Word Lattices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Alex Waibel, Hagen Soltau, Tanja Schultz, Thomas Schaaf, Florian Metze
      Pages 33-45
    3. Udo Haiber, Helmut Mangold, Thilo Pfau, Peter Regel-Brietzmann, Günther Ruske, Volker Schleß
      Pages 46-62
    4. Stephan Kanthak, Achim Sixtus, Sirko Molau, Ralf Schlüter, Hermann Ney
      Pages 63-78
    5. Jochen Peters, Dietrich Klakow
      Pages 79-94
    6. Matthias Eichner, Matthias Wolff, Rüdiger Hoffmann
      Pages 95-105
    7. Anton Batliner, Jan Buckow, Heinrich Niemann, Elmar Nöth, Volker Warnke
      Pages 106-121
    8. Anton Batliner, Richard Huber, Heinrich Niemann, Elmar Nöth, Jörg Spilker, Kerstin Fischer
      Pages 122-130
    9. Jörg Spilker, Martin Klarner, Günther Görz
      Pages 131-140
  4. Lexical and Syntactic Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Hans Ulrich Block, Tobias Ruland
      Pages 143-146
    3. Erhard W. Hinrichs, Sandra Kübler, Valia Kordoni, Frank H. Müller
      Pages 163-182
    4. Michael Schiehlen, Johan Bos, Michael Dorna
      Pages 183-199
    5. Michael Schiehlen
      Pages 200-215
    6. Hans Uszkoreit, Dan Flickinger, Walter Kasper, Ivan A. Sag
      Pages 216-237
    7. Stefan Müller, Walter Kasper
      Pages 238-253
    8. Dan Flickinger, Ann Copestake, Ivan A. Sag
      Pages 254-263
    9. Melanie Siegel
      Pages 264-279
    10. Bernd Kiefer, Hans-Ulrich Krieger, Mark-Jan Nederhof
      Pages 280-295
    11. Dafydd Gibbon, Harald Lüngen
      Pages 296-307
  5. Semantic Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. C. J. Rupp, Jörg Spilker, Martin Klarner, Karsten L. Worm
      Pages 311-320
    3. Manfred Pinkal, C. J. Rupp, Karsten Worm
      Pages 321-335
    4. Johan Bos, Julia Heine
      Pages 336-347
    5. Walter Kasper
      Pages 348-356
  6. Dialog Translation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Martin C. Emele, Michael Dorna, Anke Lüdeling, Heike Zinsmeister, Christian Rohrer
      Pages 359-376
    3. Stephan Vogel, Franz Josef Och, Christof Tillmann, Sonja Nießen, Hassan Sawaf, Hermann Ney
      Pages 377-393
    4. Hans Ulrich Block, Stefanie Schachtl, Manfred Gehrke
      Pages 394-410
    5. Marko Auerswald
      Pages 418-427
    6. Norbert Reithinger, Ralf Engel
      Pages 428-437
  7. Dialog Processing and Context Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 439-439
    2. Jan Alexandersson, Ralf Engel, Michael Kipp, Stephan Koch, Uwe Küssner, Norbert Reithinger et al.
      Pages 441-451
    3. Michael Kipp, Jan Alexandersson, Ralf Engel, Norbert Reithinger
      Pages 452-465
    4. Stephan Koch, Uwe Küssner, Manfred Stede
      Pages 466-477
  8. Language Generation and Speech Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 479-479
    2. Tilman Becker, Anne Kilger, Patrice Lopez, Peter Poller
      Pages 481-496
    3. Tilman Becker, Patrice Lopez
      Pages 497-506
    4. Jan Alexandersson, Peter Poller, Michael Kipp
      Pages 507-518
    5. Karlheinz Stöber, Petra Wagner, Jörg Helbig, Stefanie Köster, David Stall, Matthias Thomae et al.
      Pages 519-534
  9. Data Collection and Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 535-535
    2. Susanne Burger, Karl Weilhammer, Florian Schiel, Hans G. Tillmann
      Pages 537-549
    3. Erhard W. Hinrichs, Julia Bartels, Yasuhiro Kawata, Valia Kordoni, Heike Telljohann
      Pages 550-574

About this book


Verbmobil is the result of eight years of intensive research in a large speech-to-speech translation project, executed by a consortium comprising nineteen academic and four industrial partners. The system that was developed by more than 100 researchers and engineers handles dialogs in three business-oriented domains, with translation between three languages: German, English, and Japanese. Verbmobil deals with spontaneous speech, which includes realistic repair phenomena, and uses deep semantic analysis to recognize a speaker's slips and to translate what he tried to say rather than what he actually said.
After more than 400 single publications, this book gives the first comprehensive overview of the results of this unique and seminal project in human language technology. The theoretical and practical foundations from signal processing to language understanding are described in detail. The system anatomy is presented and the components for multilingual and robust speech processing, prosodic analysis, parsing, semantic analysis, discourse understanding, translation, generation and speech synthesis are discussed.
Contributions by leading scientists in speech and language technology look at the component technologies that make Verbmobil the most advanced speech-to-speech translation system worldwide and a landmark project in the history of natural language processing.


Dialogverstehen English Sprachtechnologie Sprachübersetzung Verbmobil cognition german machine translation modeling natural language natural language processing semantic analysis speech recognition translation Übersetzen

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Wahlster
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)SaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of SaarlandSaarbrückenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08730-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04230-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-0066
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