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Influence of syntax on prosodic boundary prediction

Tommy Ingulfsen

December 2004, 49 pages

This technical report is based on a dissertation submitted July 2004 by the author for the degree of Master of Philosophy (Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology) to the University of Cambridge, Churchill College.

Abstract

In this thesis we compare the effectiveness of different syntactic features and syntactic representations for prosodic boundary prediction, setting out to clarify which representations are most suitable for this task. The results of a series of experiments show that it is not possible to conclude that a single representation is superior to all others. Three representations give rise to similar experimental results. One of these representations is composed only of shallow features, which were originally thought to have less predictive power than deep features. Conversely, one of the deep representations that seemed to be best suited for our purposes (syntactic chunks) turns out not to be among the three best.

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@TechReport{UCAM-CL-TR-610,
  author =	 {Ingulfsen, Tommy},
  title = 	 {{Influence of syntax on prosodic boundary prediction}},
  year = 	 2004,
  month = 	 dec,
  url = 	 {http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/techreports/UCAM-CL-TR-610.pdf},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-610}
}