Prosody and the Resolution of Pronominal Anaphora

Maria Wolters, Donna K. Byron

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In this paper, we investigate the acoustic prosodic marking of demonstrative and personal pronouns in task-oriented dialog. Although it has been hypothesized that acoustic marking affects pronoun resolution, we find that the prosodic information extracted from the data is not sufficient to predict antecedent type reliably. Inter-speaker variation accounts for much of the prosodic variation that we find in our data. We conclude that prosodic cues should be handled with care in robust, speaker-independent dialog systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Conference on Computational Linguistics - Volume 2
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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NameCOLING '00
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics


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