Second European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Genova, Italy
September 24-26, 1991


Stochastic Representation of Semantic Structure for Speech Understanding

Roberto Pieraccini, Esther Levin

Speech Research Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

We propose a model for a statistical representation of the conceptual structure of a restricted subset of spoken natural language. The model is used for segmenting a sentence into phrases and labeling them with concept relations (or cases). The model is trained using a corpus of annotated transcribed sentences. An understanding system is being built around this model, allowing for unconstrained spoken input in a database retrieval task. The results on a test set of 148 sentences show that almost 97% of cases were correctly assigned.

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Bibliographic reference.  Pieraccini, Roberto / Levin, Esther (1991): "Stochastic representation of semantic structure for speech understanding", In EUROSPEECH-1991, 383-386.