Paper: Generation Of Accent In Nominally Premodified Noun Phrases

ACL ID C92-1041
Title Generation Of Accent In Nominally Premodified Noun Phrases
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1992
Authors

Tile primary purpose of this paper is to present a set of conditions that constrain accent placement in focused nominally ptemodified NPs. Selkirk (1984) argues that if the premodifier is an argument of the head, then the head can be deaccented. I agree with Selkirk's proposal and argue that what is essential is not whether the premodifier is a grammatical argument of the head noun, but rather, whether it is a 0-complement in lexical conceptual structure. This proposal is evaluated by testing it against a corpus of naturally oc- curring data.