Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Towards an Automatic Dictation System for Translators : the TransTalk Project

Marc Dymetman (1), Julie Brousseau (2), George Foster (1), Pierre Isabelle (1), Yves Normandin (2), Pierre Plamondon (1)

(1) Centre d'Innovation en Technologies de l'Information (CITI), Laval, Quebec, Canada
(2) Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montreal (CRIM), Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Professional translators often dictate their translations orally and have them typed afterwards. The TransTalk project aims at automating the second part of this process. Its originality as a dictation system lies in the fact that both the acoustic signal produced by the translator and the source text under translation are made available to the system. Probable translations of the source text can be predicted and these predictions used to help the speech recognition system in its lexical choices. We present the results of the first prototype, which show a marked improvement in the performance of the speech recognition task when translation predictions are taken into account.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dymetman, Marc / Brousseau, Julie / Foster, George / Isabelle, Pierre / Normandin, Yves / Plamondon, Pierre (1994): "Towards an automatic dictation system for translators : the transtalk project", In ICSLP-1994, 691-694.