Continuous speech recognition from a phonetic transcription

Stephen E Levinson, A. Ljolje, L. G. Miller

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A widely accepted linguistic theory holds that speech recognition in humans proceeds from an intermediate representation of the acoustic signal in terms of a small number of phonetic symbols. A novel speech recognition system based on this theory in which the acoustic-to-phonetic mapping is accomplished by means of a particular form of hidden Markov model and is independent of lexical and syntactic constraint is described. Word recognition is then treated as a classical string-to-string editing problem which is solved with a two-level dynamic programming algorithm that accounts for lexical and syntactic structure. The system was tested on speaker-independent recognition of fluent speech from the 991-word DARPA resource management task, on which 76.6% word accuracy was achieved. In informal tests it was observed that the phonetic transcription can be resynthesized to provide a 100-b/s vocoder with word intelligibly rates of approximately 75%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-96
Number of pages4
JournalICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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