The Information StructureProsody Language Interface Revisited

Mónica Domínguez, Mireia Farrús, Alicia Burga, Leo Wanner


Several grammar theories relate information structure and prosody, highlighting a major correspondence between theme and rheme, and intonation patterns. Although these theories have been successfully exploited in some specific speech synthesis applications, they are mainly based on short default-order sentences, which limits their expressiveness for real discourse with longer sentences and complex structures. This paper revises these theories, identifying cases in which they are valid, and providing a new proposal for cases in which a more complex model is needed. Specifically, our experiments performed on real discourse from the Wall Street Journal corpus show that we need a model that: (1) foresees a hierarchical theme/rheme structure, and (2) introduces, apart from the traditional theme and rheme, a new element—the specifier.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-95

Cite as: Domínguez, M., Farrús, M., Burga, A., Wanner, L. (2014) The Information StructureProsody Language Interface Revisited. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 539-543, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-95.


@inproceedings{Domínguez2014,
  author={Mónica Domínguez and Mireia Farrús and Alicia Burga and Leo Wanner},
  title={{The Information StructureProsody Language Interface Revisited}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={539--543},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-95},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-95}
}