Some experiments in spoken language acquisition

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

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We report on some rudimentary experiments involving speech understanding devices which adaptively acquire the language for their task. Such systems have two unique characteristics. First, no text is provided to the device, in contrast to all other existing speech understanding systems. Second, the vocabulary and grammar are unconstrained, being acquired by the device during the course of performing its task. This is also in contrast to all other systems, where the salient vocabulary and grammar are preprogrammed. The experimental mechanism is a connectionist network embedded in a feedback control system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlenary, Special, Audio, Underwater Acoustics, VLSI, Neural Networks
PublisherPubl by IEEE
ISBN (Print)0780309464
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
Event1993 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: Apr 27 1993Apr 30 1993


Other1993 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing
CityMinneapolis, MN, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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