Paper: Discovering The Sounds Of Discourse Structure Extended Abstract

ACL ID C96-1001
Title Discovering The Sounds Of Discourse Structure Extended Abstract
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996
Authors

Barbara J. Grosz Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences Harvard University 33 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA 02138 USA grosz(~eecs.harvard.edu It is widely accepted that discourses are com- posed of segments and that the recognition of segment boundaries is essential to a determina- tion of discourse meaning (Grosz and Sidner, 1986). Written language has orthographic cues such as section headings, paragraph boundaries, and punctuation which can assist in identifying discourse structure. In spoken language, into- national variation provides essential information about disconrse structure. For instance, it may be used to mark structural features of discourse at the global level, such as segment boundaries. Intonation also provides more local information about relations among utterances wi...