Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Annotating Information Status in Spontaneous Speech

Stefan Baumann (1), Arndt Riester (2)

(1) IfL Phonetik, University of Cologne, Germany; (2) IMS, University of Stuttgart, Germany

We propose a fine-grained annotation scheme for the analysis of information status in spoken language, subdivided into a referential and a lexical level. The taxonomy is easy to handle and allows for a precise and comprehensive way of capturing the informational differences between nominal expressions in texts. First results on the prosodic marking of an item's information status in a small corpus of spontaneous monologues in German confirm the relevance of the two levels of description. There are significant effects of both levels of information status on (de)accentuation in isolation and in combination. However, results show more accents than postulated by our hypotheses.

Index Terms: prosody, information status, spontaneous speech, multi-layer annotation, referential givenness, lexical givenness, German

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Bibliographic reference.  Baumann, Stefan / Riester, Arndt (2010): "Annotating information status in spontaneous speech", In SP-2010, paper 092.