Spoken Dialogue Technology

Toward the Conversational User Interface

  • Michael F. McTear

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

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  3. Background to Spoken Dialogue Technology

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  4. Developing Spoken Dialogue Applications

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  5. Advanced Applications

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 389-432

About this book


Spoken Dialogue Technology provides extensive coverage of spoken dialogue systems, ranging from the theoretical underpinnings of the study of dialogue through to a detailed look at a number of well-established methods and tools for developing spoken dialogue systems. The book enables students and practitioners to design and test dialogue systems using several available development environments and languages, including the CSLU toolkit, VoiceXML, SALT, and XHTML+ voice. This practical orientation is usually available otherwise only in reference manuals supplied with software development kits. The latest research in spoken dialogue systems is presented along with extensive coverage of the most relevant theoretical issues and a critical evaluation of current research prototypes. A dedicated web site containing supplementary materials, code, links to resources will enable readers to develop and test their own systems (). Previously such materials have been difficult to track down, available only on a range of disparate web sites and this web site provides a unique and useful reference source which will prove invaluable.


Conversational Agents Spoken Dialogue Voice Web VoiceXML agents grammar software development spoken dialogue system user interface

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael F. McTear
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  1. 1.School of Computing and MathematicsUniversity of UlsterNewtownabbeyNorthern Ireland

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