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Spoken language processing: piecing together the puzzle

Moore, R.K. (2007) Spoken language processing: piecing together the puzzle. Speech Communication, 49 (5). pp. 418-435. ISSN 0167-6393


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Attempting to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying spoken language processing, whether it is viewed as behaviour exhibited by human beings or as a faculty simulated by machines, is one of the greatest scientific challenges of our age. Despite tremendous achievements over the past 50 or so years, there is still a long way to go before we reach a comprehensive explanation of human spoken language behaviour and can create a technology with performance approaching or exceeding that of a human being. It is argued that progress is hampered by the fragmentation of the field across many different disciplines, coupled with a failure to create an integrated view of the fundamental mechanisms that underpin one organism's ability to communicate with another. This paper weaves together accounts from a wide variety of different disciplines concerned with the behaviour of living systems - many of them outside the normal realms of spoken language - and compiles them into a new model: PRESENCE (PREdictive SENsorimotor Control and Emulation). It is hoped that the results of this research will provide a sufficient glimpse into the future to give breath to a new generation of research into spoken language processing by mind or machine. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 Elsevier. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Speech Communication. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: spoken language processing; speech technology; communicative behaviour; sensorimotor control
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Department of Computer Science (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2011 16:53
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:30
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.specom.2007.01.011
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.specom.2007.01.011
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/42798

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