Prosodic features improve sentence segmentation and parsing in English

Elizabeth Nielsen, Mark Steedman, Sharon Goldwater

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Abstract / Description of output

Parsing spoken dialogue presents challenges that parsing text does not, including a lack of clear sentence boundaries. We know from previous work that prosody helps in parsing single sentences [1], but we want to show the effect of prosody on parsing speech that isn’t segmented into sentences. In experiments on the English Switchboard corpus, we find prosody helps our model both with parsing and with accurately identifying sentence boundaries. However, we find that the best performing parser is not necessarily the parser that produces the best sentence segmentation performance. We suggest that the best parses instead come from modelling sentence boundaries jointly with other syntactic boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. INTERSPEECH 2023
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2023
EventInterspeech 2023 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 20 Aug 202324 Aug 2023
Conference number: 24

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)1990-9772


ConferenceInterspeech 2023
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