Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

A Profile of the Discourse and Intonational Structures of Route Descriptions

Sandra Williams (1), Catherine I. Watson (2)

(1) Microsoft Research Institute; (2) Speech Hearing and Language Research Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

A corpus of spontaneous route descriptions was collected from 8 speakers (5 males and 3 females). The corpus was labelled according to the ToBI standard and a discourse analysis was completed. Four discourse tour acts were identified and these were found to occur mainly in non-embedded linear sequences. In general, the intonation of each route description was characterised by a single intonational phrase containing many intermediate phrases. There was a tendency for boundaries between tour acts and intermediate phrases to coincide, but there is usually more than one intermediate phrase to one tour act.

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Bibliographic reference.  Williams, Sandra / Watson, Catherine I. (1999): "A profile of the discourse and intonational structures of route descriptions", In EUROSPEECH'99, 1659-1662.