ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2014
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2014

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.2014-96

Cite as: Domínguez, M., Farrús, M., Burga, A., Wanner, L. (2014) The Information StructureProsody Language Interface Revisited. Proc. Speech Prosody 2014, 539-543, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-96

  author={Mónica Domínguez and Mireia Farrús and Alicia Burga and Leo Wanner},
  title={{The Information StructureProsody Language Interface Revisited}},
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2014},