6th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

Lisbon, Portugal
September 2-3, 2005

Accenting, Deaccenting and Information Structure in Italian Dialogue

Cinzia Avesani (1), Mario Vayra (2)

(1) ISTC-CNR, Italy; (2) University of Siena, Italy

Do Italian speakers deaccent given information? In this study we examined word tokens repeatedly mentioning the same entity within a task-oriented dialogue. Contrary to what is expected in Germanic languages, results show that the vast majority of the repeated mentions are accented irrespective of their being hearer/discourse given or discourse segment given .

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Bibliographic reference.  Avesani, Cinzia / Vayra, Mario (2005): "Accenting, deaccenting and information structure in Italian dialogue", In SIGdial6-2005, 19-24.