Accession Number:

ADA460957

Title:

Prosody, Syntax and Parsing

Descriptive Note:

Technical note

Corporate Author:

SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-04-04

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

We describe the modification of a grammar to take advantage of prosodic information provided by a speech recognition system. This initial study is limited to the use of relative duration of phonetic segments in the assignment of syntactic structure specifically in ruling out alternative parses in otherwise ambiguous sentences. Taking advantage of prosodic information in parsing can make a spoken language system more accurate and more efficient, if prosodic-syntactic mismatches, or unlikely matches, can be pruned. We know of no other work that has succeeded in automatically extracting speech information and using it in a parser to rule out extraneous parses.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Cybernetics
  • Voice Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE