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Title Prosodic, Syntactic, Semantic Guidelines for Topic Structures Across Domains and Corpora
Authors Ana Isabel Mata, Helena Moniz, Telmo Móia, Anabela Gonçalves, Fátima Silva, Fernando Batista, Inês Duarte, Fátima Oliveira and Isabel Falé
Abstract This paper presents the annotation guidelines applied to naturally occurring speech, aiming at an integrated account of contrast and parallel structures in European Portuguese. These guidelines were defined to allow for the empirical study of interactions among intonation and syntax-discourse patterns in selected sets of different corpora (monologues and dialogues, by adults and teenagers). In this paper we focus on the multilayer annotation process of left periphery structures by using a small sample of highly spontaneous speech in which the distinct types of topic structures are displayed. The analysis of this sample provides fundamental training and testing material for further application in a wider range of domains and corpora. The annotation process comprises the following time-linked levels (manual and automatic): phone, syllable and word level transcriptions (including co-articulation effects); tonal events and break levels; part-of-speech tagging; syntactic-discourse patterns (construction type; construction position; syntactic function; discourse function), and disfluency events as well. Speech corpora with such a multi-level annotation are a valuable resource to look into grammar module relations in language use from an integrated viewpoint. Such viewpoint is innovative in our language, and has not been often assumed by studies for other languages.
Topics Discourse Annotation, Representation and Processing, Prosody
Full paper Prosodic, Syntactic, Semantic Guidelines for Topic Structures Across Domains and Corpora
Bibtex @InProceedings{MATA14.1201,
  author = {Ana Isabel Mata and Helena Moniz and Telmo Móia and Anabela Gonçalves and Fátima Silva and Fernando Batista and Inês Duarte and Fátima Oliveira and Isabel Falé},
  title = {Prosodic, Syntactic, Semantic Guidelines for Topic Structures Across Domains and Corpora},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14)},
  year = {2014},
  month = {may},
  date = {26-31},
  address = {Reykjavik, Iceland},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Hrafn Loftsson and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-8-4},
  language = {english}
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