French Speech Recognition in an Automatic Dictation System for Translators: the TransTalk Project

Roland Kuhn & Pierre Isabelle, CRIM & CITI (respectively)

October 17, 1995


We describe a system designed for use by professional translators that enables them to dictate their translation. Because the speech recognizer has access to the source text as well as the spoken translation, a statistical translation model can guide recognition. This can be done in many different ways - which is best? We discuss the experiments that led to integration of the translation model in a way that improves BOTH speed AND performance.