Semantic Processing in Speech Understanding

  • G. Thurmair
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 46)


This paper will try to evaluate the state of the art in semantic representation techniques as far as they are used in speech understanding systems. It will not deal with knowledge representation techniques in general, because only some of them are used and are even usable in speech environment. First, a scetch of the problem domain will be given: Recognition levels, search spaces and system design decisions are outlined, and from this, the task of linguistic analysis procedures is derived. Second, existing techniques to incorporate semantic information into the Speech Understanding task are presented and discussed, like statistics, semantic markers, semantic grammars etc. Third, two approaches for Speech Understanding are discussed: predicate logic as representation as used in the SPIC0S system, and semantic frames as used in the CMU-DARPA project. At the end, two proposals of possible system architectures are presented.


Semantic Information Semantic Feature Syntactic Analysis Word Lattice Speech Understanding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Thurmair
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  1. 1.Siemens AGD-8 Munich 83Germany

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