Peter Spyns and Jan Odijk (eds): Essential speech and language technology for Dutch: results by the STEVIN programme
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The first word of the book’s title, Essential, reminds one of the bookstore’s popular science corner. This book, published in Springer’s Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing series, is rather a colorful collection of scientific papers spanning topics in language and speech technology that were en vogue in the previous decade, tailored to the Dutch language. All of these projects were part of a Dutch-Belgian research programme, STEVIN, Spraak- en Taaltechnologische Essentiële Voorzieningen In het Nederlands (2004–2009).1 The book’s title is a loose translation of the project’s title—hence the Essential. While I have great admiration for the work described in Parts II, III, and IV of the volume, reflected in the most of the remainder of this review, my first reflection is critical and regards the framing of the book.
Section 1.3 of the Introduction by Peter Spyns is titled Mission accomplished. The recent unfortunate historical connotation of president Bush’s speech...
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