Paper: Toward A Computational Theory Of Speech Perception

ACL ID P79-1005
Title Toward A Computational Theory Of Speech Perception
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1979
  • Jonathan Allen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA)

In recent years,a great deal of evidence has been collec- ted which gives substantially increased insight into the nature of human speech perception. It is the author's belief that such data can be effectively used to infer much of the structure of a practical speech recognition system. This paper details a new view of the role of structural constraints within the several structural do- mains (e.g. articulation, phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics) that must be utilized to infer the desired percept. Each of the structural domains mentioned above has a sub- stantial "internal theory" describing the constraints within that domain, but there are also many interactions between structural domains which must be considered. Thus words llke "incline" and "survey" shift stress with syntactic ro...