Paper: On The Intonation Of Mono- And Di-Syllabic Words Within The Discourse Framework Of Conversational Games

ACL ID P92-1038
Title On The Intonation Of Mono- And Di-Syllabic Words Within The Discourse Framework Of Conversational Games
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1992
Authors

Recent studies on the analysis of intonational func- tion examine a ran~ of materials from cue phrases in monologue (Litman and Hirschberg, 1990) and dialogue (Hirschberg and Litman, 1987; Hockey, 1991) to longer utterances in both monologue and dialogue (McLemore, 1991). Results match spe- cific intonational tunes to certain discourse func- tions which are more or less well defined. Al- though these results make a convincing case that intonation does signal a change in discourse struc- ture, the specification of discourse function re- mains vague. A suitable taxonomy is needed to fine-tune the relationship between intonation and discourse function. A recent analysis of dialogue (Kowtko et al. , 1991) provides a framework of con- versational games which allows more fine-grained examination...