Structure and Intonation in Spoken Language Understanding

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Abstract

The structure imposed upon spoken sentences by intonation seems frequently to be orthogonal to their traditional surface-syntactic structure. However, the notion of "intonational structure" as formulated by Pierrehumbert, Selkirk, and others, can be subsumed under a rather different notion of syntactic surface structure that emerges from a theory of grammar based on a "Combinatory" extension to Categorial Grammar. Interpretations of constituents at this level are in turn directly related to "information structure", or discourse-related notions of "theme", "rheme", "focus" and "presupposition". Some simplifications appear to follow for the problem of integrating syntax and other high-level modules in spoken language systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Annual Meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages9-16
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1990

Publication series

NameACL '90
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics

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