Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

Anaphora, Connectives and Resetting: Prosodic and Pragmatic Parameters Interactions in the Marking of Discourse Structure

Cyril Auran (1,2), Daniel Hirst (2)

(1) IUFM d'Aix-Marseille; (2) Laboratoire Parole et Langage, CNRS UMR 6057, Aix-en-Provence, France

This paper tackles the issue of the interaction of three types of linguistic cohesion markers. Automatic analyses of the prosodically annotated (British English) Aix-MARSEC corpus show that anaphoric pronouns and connectives, though often grouped into a general category of cohesion devices, do behave differently in relation with the phonetic realization of resettings. Anaphoric pronouns, more particularly, are demonstrated to interact with resettings in a hypothesized complex interplay of production and pragmatic constraints, whereas connectives are shown to have no significant effect on resettings.

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Bibliographic reference.  Auran, Cyril / Hirst, Daniel (2004): "Anaphora, connectives and resetting: prosodic and pragmatic parameters interactions in the marking of discourse structure", In SP-2004, 259-262.