The utterance may be defined as a pause-delimited and relatively self-contained stretch of speech. Typically, experiments on durational variation in speech feature a series of unconnected sentences read in sequence and each of these is likely to comprise a single utterance. The evidence for the phonological utterance as a prosodic constituent (for example: Nespor & Vogel 1986) is discussed in dissertation Section 2.3; the experiment in Chapter 4 includes an examination of utterance-level durational processes; Section 5.3 concludes that there is, as yet, insufficient evidence for stating that the utterance is a distinct domain of durational processes. Back to referring page
A stretch of speech or written language, which may be a single word or a string of sentences. This is generally marked in speech by silence before and after. Also refers to a word or expression that conveys meaning.
Anything heard by the engine as a finite series of sounds that the engine attempts to recognize as speech. vocabulary A set of words used in a grammar. A speech recognition engine typically supports several different sizes of vocabulary, which determine the words that the engine can recognize in a given state.