Re: Telecom References

Subject: Re: Telecom References
From: doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 13:28:03 -0700

On Thursday 25 August 2005 09:54, Joe Malin wrote:

> Those of you who work in telecom/telephony/speech applications, can you
> recommend a terminology reference or dictionary? I'm using Newton's

Theoretically, Wikipedia would be a good bet.

Depending on your need or interest in speech applications, you could variously
ask around for pointers or titles or documentation from vendors of Computer
Telephony Interface (CTI) systems, and the voice recognition and
text-to-speech hardware/software/APIs.

A decade or so back, Mike Rozak at MS Research (
produced a detailed technical manual with extensive background material
(linguistic concepts, computer/speech concepts, and lots of definitions) to
prepare Windows developers for the Speech APi (SAPI). Newton acknowledged
Rozak's contributions to the Telecom Dictionary's computer speech
terminology. I think this MS manual went through several rewrites, and was
originally distributed only to MSDN subscribers, only on cdrom, in the old
proprietary MS electronic book format, and maybe also in the then-new HTML
Help CHM file. The book could have been rolled into the SAPI SDK (which has
always been a free download at MS Research site or MSDN).

At any rate, it would be good reference for backfilling the deeper speech
stuff that doesn't come under telecom topics. But the book was only published
electronically, and may not be available anymore. I'll look into it if it
sounds like the kind of thing you need.

Ned Bedinger
Ed Wordsmith Technical Communications


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