Automatic Linguistic Segmentation of Conversational Speech


Stolcke, A., & Shriberg, E. (1996, October). Automatic linguistic segmentation of conversational speech. In Proceeding of Fourth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing. ICSLP’96 (Vol. 2, pp. 1005-1008). IEEE.


As speech recognition moves toward more unconstrained domains such as conversational speech, we encounter a need to be able to segment (or resegment) waveforms and recognizer output into linguistically meaningful units, such a sentences. Toward this end, we present a simple automatic segmenter of transcripts based on N-gram language modeling. We also study the relevance of several word-level features for segmentation performance. Using only word-level information, we achieve 85% recall and 70% precision on linguistic boundary detection.

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