Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Prosody and Topic Structuring in Spoken Dialogue

Li-chiung Yang, Richard Esposito

Spoken Language Research Institute and CREST, JST (Japan Science and Technology), Japan

Prosody is critical in conveying topic coherence and the salience of information in speech. In this study we propose that the overall coherence is brought about through pitch level structuring of phrases at both the local level of hierarchical phrase unit positioning and the global level of pitch baseline rise and fall as climax and resolution. Our results show that prosody has critical importance in conversation, and is crucial for topic segmentation, topic tracking, and information extraction.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Yang, Li-chiung / Esposito, Richard (2000): "Prosody and topic structuring in spoken dialogue", In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 126-129.