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Query:   Speech/Text Program - Correction
Author:  Annie Clark Ferreira
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Computational Linguistics

Summary:   I must apologize to other listers, I deleted the responses I received regarding this question. I have been asked to post a summary, so here goes: I actually only received mail from 2 or 3 people regarding this posting. Kurt Godden was one; he initially suggested Nuance, then IBM ViaVoice, before realizing that what I was looking for was a program that could convert voicemail to text, that would need to be speaker-independant, and not grammar-based.

I also heard from some one at L&H, I'm afraid I can't remember her name. She suggested I contact someone at L&H Belgium, but again their products require extensive speaker training.

Mr. Godden referred me to the Turing Test, and he was right.

I also received this note from Randy Harris:

If you meant commercially available tailor-made software (I didn't see your initial post), I think it's true that there is none. But I have a colleague who sends me e-mails that he first composes with IBM's viavoice, and there are other dictation packages out there that could be so modified. And there is a lot of research into voice-interfaces for e-mail systems, going back at least to the mid-90s. (Nicole Yankelovich, at Sun Microsystems, has a few interesting papers on a system called SpeechAct that you can access from her page (I don't have the URL handy, but I don't imagine there are too many Yankelovichs at Sun working on voice, so an engine should get you to her site pretty quickly).

Perhaps the others who responded can repost their responses? Again, I apologize for not saving those emails and for forgetting your names!!

Annie L. Clark Ferreira
Linguistics Specialist

LL Issue: 12.1647
Date Posted: 22-Jun-2001
Original Query: Read original query


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