5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Information Extraction and Text Generation of News Reports for a Swedish-English Bilingual Spoken Dialogue System

Barbara Gawronska (1), David House (2)

(1) University of Skovde, Sweden
(2) KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden

This paper describes an experimental dialog system designed to retrieve information and generate summaries of internet news reports related to user queries in Swedish and English. The extraction component is based on parsing and on matching the parsing output against stereotypic event templates. Bilingual text generation is accomplished by filling the templates after which grammar components generate the final text. The interfaces between the templates and the language-specific text generators are marked for prosodic information resulting in a text output where deaccentuation, accentuation, levels of focal accentuation, and phrasing are specified. These prosodic markers, which are primarily dependent on the giveness/newness structure of the text, modify the default prosody rules of the text-to-speech system which then reads the text with subsequent improvement in intonation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gawronska, Barbara / House, David (1998): "Information extraction and text generation of news reports for a Swedish-English bilingual spoken dialogue system", In ICSLP-1998, paper 1047.