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In this issue, "Best of the Web" focuses on spoken language understanding (SLU), an emerging field in between the areas of speech processing and natural language processing. Since SLU is not a single stand-alone technology, unlike speech recognition or synthesis, it is hard to present a single application. The term spoken language understanding has largely been coined for targeted understanding of human speech directed at machines, although understanding human/human conversations or even human/human/machine interactions are vibrant areas of research. For a more comprehensive survey of SLU tasks, readers are referred to .