Influence of dependency parsing on the prosody of Chinese discourse

Author(s): Yu Pang, Yuan Jia, Aijun Li, Dawei Song and Ruifang He

Abstract

Dependency parsing has been a prime focus of Natural Language Processing. The present paper attempted to elucidate the relationship between prosodic variation and syntactic structure within the framework of dependency parsing. The study adopted Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) dependency parsing tool to annotate Chinese spoken discourse corpus. Duration variation and stress distribution patterns were employed as parameters to examine the interactions of the syntactic structures and the prosodic features. Preliminary results demonstrated that there was an intrinsic association between duration variation and dependency relation. Specifically, the governor duration was more likely to be longer than dependent duration at dependency relations of Left-Adjunct, Mood-Tense, Attribute, Quantity and so on. Moreover, in “DE” Construction, Preposition-Object and Verb-Object, the dependent duration was much longer.

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