- The speech research community is growing closer together and there is a great need for the internationalization of the speech environments.
- The focus in the speech research community is on multilingual recognition and translation systems.
- There are several multilingual speech recognizers are that are being built in different parts of the world.
- Speech transcriptions are primarily being done in the local languages.
- There is a great need to incorporate a universal 16-bit encoding for the scripts of the world's principal languages.