5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Metrical Representations of Demarcation and Constituency in Noun Phrases

Christos Malliopoulos (1), George Mikros (2)

(1) National Technical University of Athens, Department of Electrical Engineering; (2) Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Athens, Greece

This paper reports on the results of two groups of experiments conducted in order to examine the melodic correlates of demarcation and constituency in subordination and coordination structures. Experimental material were noun phrases of the form "A of B of C of D" and "A, B, C and D" followed by a short VP. A, B, C and D were noun groups like "article + noun" or "pronoun + noun" or "pronoun + adjective + noun". The relation between grammatical structure and pitch is examined in terms of both phonological interpretation and phonetic data. Also a phonological model of intonation is proposed bearing on the results of the experimental material.

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Bibliographic reference.  Malliopoulos, Christos / Mikros, George (1997): "Metrical representations of demarcation and constituency in noun phrases", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 303-306.