RESEARCH ON GRAMMATICAL ANALYSIS OF SPOKEN LANGUAGE
Final rept. 2 Feb 1964-1 Feb 1966
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR COMMUNICATION SCIENCES LAB
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A technique for prosodic analysis was developed that flattens the power spectrum without changing the instantaneous power and optionally reintroduces harmonics of the fundamental frequency. When the channel for average fundamental voice frequency was eliminated, correct listener responses to stress on English words decreased only slightly, but listener responses to intonation approached the chance level. A generative format was developed for expressing the structure of the syntax of a spoken language French. An ordered set of rewrite rules used with a set of tables generated all existing verb forms and no nonexisting ones. An attempt to describe the syntax of English determiner phrases led to a reconsideration of the place of semantics in syntactic descriptions and the properties required of a syntactic description. Problems of grammatic description were examined with reference to two examples of chess notations.