Parallelism, coherence, and contrastive accent

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses an experiment concerning the assignment of contrastive accents, i.e., accents used to indicate the presence of contrastive information. The experiment tested which of two existing approaches to the determination of contrastive information gives the most natural results. According to one approach the presence of ‘alternative items’ is the only condition for the assignment of contrastive accent; according to the other the presence of parallelism between sentences also is a condition. The experimental results indicate that the presence of alternative items combined with parallelism always triggers a preference for contrastive accent, whereas in the absence of parallelism, accent assignment seems to depend on the degree of coherence of the utterance.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages555-558
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1999
    EventSixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, EUROSPEECH 1999 - Budapest, Hungary
    Duration: 5 Sep 19999 Sep 1999

    Conference

    ConferenceSixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, EUROSPEECH 1999
    Period5/09/999/09/99
    Other5-9 September 1999

    Keywords

    • EWI-22547
    • IR-83422

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