Paper: Computer Simulation Of Spontaneous Speech Production

ACL ID P84-1019
Title Computer Simulation Of Spontaneous Speech Production
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1984

This paper pinpoints some of the problems faced when a computer text production model (COMMENTATOR) is to produce spontaneous speech, in particular the problem of chunking the utterances in order to get natural prosodic units. The paper proposes a buffer model which allows the accumula- tion and delay of phonetic material until a chunk of the desired size has been built up. Several phonetic studies have suggested a similar tempo- rary storage in order to explain intonation slopes, rythmical patterns, speech errors and speech dis- orders. Small-scale simulations of the whole ver- balization process from perception and thought to sounds, hesitation behaviour, pausing, speech errors, sound changes and speech disorders are pre- sented.