Thomas Paikeday t.paikeday at SYMPATICO.CA
Sun Aug 13 05:22:06 UTC 2000

First I have to make my encoding ouchless, which I will do on the Sabbath.

Speech recognition is a bit out of my depth, but I will study what is available
at the Dragon website and would like to ask you a couple of questions

Many thanks.
Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM wrote:

> Thomas Paikeday <t.paikeday at SYMPATICO.CA> writes, with an unfortunate type
> of encoding
>  [his lines wrap at this point]-----------------------------------------|

> [ . . . ]

> That works for your dictionary, but wouldn't work for our purpose of speech
> recognition. With most foreign words we assume that at least some speakers
> who use them at all will pronounce them approximately as they're pronounced
> in their source language, and then we try to approximate that pronunciation
> with our English phoneme set. That creates clusters and syllables that
> cannot occur in English, and your assumptions, not mentioned above but
> implicit in the approach, fail because of the difference in our goals. The
> same would be true for any dictionary that tried to give a closer
> approximation than your of the source-language pronunciation of foreign
> words.
>    Mark A. Mandel : Dragon Systems, a Lernout & Hauspie company
>           Mark_Mandel at dragonsys.com : Senior Linguist
>  320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02460, USA : http://www.dragonsys.com

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