This volume presents the proceedings of the Symposium onNatural Language and Speech held during the ESPRITconference of November 1991. The symposiumwas organized bythe newly launched Network of Excellence on Language andSpeech which brings together the foremost European expertsand institutions in the two domains. The proceedings contain ten invited papers from leadingexperts in language and speech research, together with a setof position papers from a panel session on 'Spoken languagesystems: technological goals and integration issues'. Thepapers cover a wide spectrum of research topics, rangingfrom logical aspects of discourse structure to problems ofprosody and automatic speech understanding. A recurrenttheme is the development of an integrated cognitivelymotivated theory of the process by which spoken language isunderstood. This volume is the second of the ESPRIT Basic ResearchSeries. The ESPRIT Basic Research efforts aim atforging stronglinks between academic and industrial teamscarrying out research, often interdisciplinary, at theforefront of information technology.
The quality of contentof this series and its broad distribution should have amajorimpact in making these advances accessible to bothacademic and industrial researchers.