Paper: Focus To Emphasize Tone Structures For Prosodic Analysis In Spoken Language Generation

ACL ID P06-3012
Title Focus To Emphasize Tone Structures For Prosodic Analysis In Spoken Language Generation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Student Session
Year 2006
Authors

We analyze the concept of focus in speech and the relationship between focus and speech acts for prosodic generation. We determinehowthespeaker’sutterancesare influenced by speaker’s intention. The re- lationship between speech acts and focus information is used to define which parts of the sentence serve as the focus parts. We propose the Focus to Emphasize Tones (FET) structure to analyze the focus com- ponents. We also design the FET grammar to analyze the intonation patterns and pro- duce tone marks as a result of our anal- ysis. We present a proof-of-the-concept working example to validate our proposal. More comprehensive evaluations are part of our current work.