Comp.Speech Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the comp.speech Frequently Asked Questions WWW site. This site provides a range of information on speech technology, including speech synthesis, speech recognition, speech coding, and related material. The information is regularly posted to the comp.speech newsgroup as the "comp.speech FAQ" posting. This site is mirrored at several other WWW sites around the world (Australia, UK, Japan and USA) and the information is also available in a plain text format.

There are 250 comp.speech WWW pages and they include over 500 hyperlinks to speech technology web sites, ftp servers, mailing lists, and newsgroups.


SpeechLinks: Speech Technology Hyperlinks Pages
Table Of Contents
List Of Software/Hardware/Resources
Update Times
Odds 'n Ends

FAQ Section 1: General Information on Speech Technology
FAQ Section 2: Signal Processing for Speech
FAQ Section 3: Speech Coding and Compression
FAQ Section 4: Natural Language Processing
FAQ Section 5: Speech Synthesis
FAQ Section 6: Speech Recognition

Comp.Speech FTP Site

The comp.speech ftp site is an excellent repository of speech technology information, software and resources. It contains the following (see Question 1.2 for more detail):

Archives for the comp.speech newsgroup
Speech data and phonetic dictionaries
Software for speech analysis, coding, recognition, synthesis and modelling..
Mirrors of the Simtel directories for sound and voice..


Minor changes each month. Thanks to all the companies and individuals who send in information.


Hundreds of people and companies have made contributions to the comp.speech FAQ over the last few years - too many to name individually. Special thanks go to Tony Robinson and Kevin Lenzo who have provided a wide range of information and assistance. Tony Robinson also maintains the comp.speech ftp site which is an excellent resource for all people working with speech technology. I am grateful to the people at Sydney University, Cambridge University, ATR ITL and CMU for supporting the FAQ on their WWW sites.


The comp.speech FAQ and WWW pages are provided as is without any express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information presented here, the author assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.
The comp.speech FAQ and WWW pages should not be construed as representing the views or products of my employer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Copyright and Reproduction

Copyright (c) 1993-6 by Andrew Hunt, all rights reserved.
The comp.speech WWW pages may not be distributed for financial gain and may not be included in any collections or compilations without express permission from the author.
You may make links to the documents, but you may not make copies without permission of the author.
Note: hyperlinks to the comp.speech WWW pages are encouraged.


The FAQ posting and the Comp.Speech WWW Site are maintained on a volunteer basis by

Andrew Hunt
Speech Applications Group, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
Two Elizabeth Drive, Chelmsford, MA, 01824-4195, USA
Ph: (508) 442 2681

Last Revision: 18:40 05-Sep-1997