Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Syntactic Influence on Prosodic Phrasing in the Framework of the Link Grammar

Andrew J. Hunt

ATR Interpreting Telecommunications Research Labs., Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto, Japan

This paper presents a new theory of the influence of syntax upon prosodic phrasing. Unlike previous theories which have used constituent tree structures in the analysis of syntax, this theory utilises the syntactic framework provided by either the Link Grammar or a Dependency Grammar. The use of the different syntactic framework leads to other important differences; the role of syntactic function is more important than that of syntactic structure, the relationship between syntax and prosodic phrasing is more direct, and the syntactic influence operates primarily from left to right. The paper presents evidence in support of the theory from experimental tests on two professionally read speech corpora; these tests show that the theory has significant predictive capability and is also effective in resolving syntactic ambiguities.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hunt, Andrew J. (1995): "Syntactic influence on prosodic phrasing in the framework of the link grammar", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 997-1000.