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In 1985 the Computing Science Department at Wollongong University adopted speech processing as a major area ofresearch effort. Two honours projects: one involving speech production by computer; and this one involving speech recognition by computer were undertaken. This document describes the theory, goals, development and achievements of the project. Briefly, the project aims to produce a usable system by which spoken words can be automatically translated into written text. While this project does not attempt to be too ambitious due to the time constraints placed on it, it is hoped that it will provide useful experience in a new and increasingly important area ofcomputer science.