Real-world knowledge of syntax is seen as integral to the machine learning task of phrase break prediction but there is a deficiency of a priori knowledge of prosody in both rule-based and data-driven classifiers. Speech recognition has established that pauses affect vowel duration in preceding words. Based on the observation that complex vowels occur at rhythmic junctures in poetry, we run significance tests on a sample of transcribed, contemporary British English speech and find a statistically significant correlation between complex vowels and phrase breaks. The experiment depends on automatic text annotation via ProPOSEL, a prosody and part-of-speech English lexicon.
Bibliographic reference. Brierley, Claire / Atwell, Eric (2009): "Exploring complex vowels as phrase break correlates in a corpus of English speech with proPOSEL, a prosody and POS English lexicon", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 868-871.