ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2004
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2004

The role of prosody in parsing ambiguous sentences

Nivedita Mani

This paper tests whether listeners are able to use the prosodic characteristics of speech to differentiate between alternative interpretations of syntactically ambiguous stimuli. Most existing research has either employed off-line tasks or provided adequate syntactic information for the listener to recognise ambiguity but inadequate prosodic information to resolve it. In incorporating controls for these limitations, my experiment was able to show that prosodic cues are able to guide initial processing of input irrespective of any putative syntactic parsing preferences.


Cite as: Mani, N. (2004) The role of prosody in parsing ambiguous sentences. Proc. Speech Prosody 2004, 301-304

@inproceedings{mani04_speechprosody,
  author={Nivedita Mani},
  title={{The role of prosody in parsing ambiguous sentences}},
  year=2004,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2004},
  pages={301--304}
}