06738738 is referenced by 165 patents.
A method of transforming a voice application program designed for US English speakers to a voice application program for UK English speakers using a computer system is described. In one embodiment, scripts and grammars associated with the voice application program are converted from US-to-UK English. The process includes spelling normalization, lexical normalization, and pronunciation conversion (including where appropriate accounting for stress shifts). The result is necessary word pronunciations for speech recognition of UK English speaker (especially for proper nouns) as well as a script that has been conformed to use UK English spelling and lexical conventions. Additionally, the script can be annotated with pronunciations as a part of the process. Further, in one embodiment a web based interface to the conversion process is provided either standalone or as part of a voice application development environment.