5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

"Ko Tok Ples Ensin bilong Tok Pisin" or The TP-CLE: A First Report From a Pilot Speech-to-Speech Translation Project From Swedish to Tok Pisin

Robert Eklund

Telia Research AB, Sweden

This paper describes an operational speech-to-speech translation system from Swedish to Tok Pisin within the framework of the Spoken Language Translator project. The domain of translation is ATIS. The grammar formalism used in the SLT project is the Core Language Engine. A general presentation of Tok Pisin is provided, as well as a description of some grammatical characteristics of Tok Pisin of potential interest for the testing of grammar machines. The first step of a CLE implementation of Tok Pisin is described. A corpus of Tok Pisin ATIS data has been created from data collected on location in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, and observations are made as to the relative importance of some of the grammatical phenomena discussed in the paper. A Tok Pisin synthesizer based on an already existing Swedish concatenative synthesis is described. Despite a marked Swedish accent, preliminary evaluation indicates that intelligible speech output is produced.

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Bibliographic reference.  Eklund, Robert (1998): ""ko tok ples ensin bilong tok pisin" or the TP-CLE: a first report from a pilot speech-to-speech translation project from Swedish to tok pisin", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0804.