Paper: An Information Structural Approach To Spoken Language Generation

ACL ID P96-1039
Title An Information Structural Approach To Spoken Language Generation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996
Authors
  • Scott Prevost (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA)

This paper presents an architecture for the generation of spoken monologues with con- textually appropriate intonation. A two- tiered information structure representation is used in the high-level content planning and sentence planning stages of generation to produce efficient, coherent speech that makes certain discourse relationships, such as explicit contrasts, appropriately salient. The system is able to produce appropriate intonational patterns that cannot be gen- erated by other systems which rely solely on word class and given/new distinctions.