Paper: Integrating Linguistic And Performance-Based Constraints For Assigning Phrase Breaks

ACL ID C02-1094
Title Integrating Linguistic And Performance-Based Constraints For Assigning Phrase Breaks
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2002
Authors

The mapping between syntactic structure and prosodic structure is a widely discussed topic in linguistics. In this work we use insights gained from research on syntax-to-prosody mapping in or- der to develop a computational model which assigns prosodic structure to unrestricted text. The result- ing structure is intended to help a text-to-speech (TTS) system to predict phrase breaks. In addition to linguistic constraints, the model also incorporates a performance-oriented parameter which approxi- mates the effect of speaking rate. The model is rule- based rather than probabilistic, and does not require training. We present the model and implementa- tions for both English and German, and give eval- uation results for both implementations. We then examine how far the approach can account for...