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We provide a robust and detailed annotation scheme for information status, which is easy to use, follows a semantic rather than cogni-tive motivation, and achieves reasonable inter-annotator scores. Our annotation scheme is based on two main assumptions: firstly, that information status strongly depends on (in)definiteness, and secondly, that it ought to be(More)
We investigate the influence of information status (IS) on constituent order in Ger-man, and integrate our findings into a log-linear surface realisation ranking model. We show that the distribution of pairs of IS categories is strongly asymmetric. Moreover , each category is correlated with mor-phosyntactic features, which can be automatically detected. We(More)
In this paper we present DIRNDL, an annotated corpus resource comprising syntactic annotations as well as information status labels and prosodic information. We introduce each annotation layer and then focus on the linking of the data in a standoff approach. The corpus is based on data from radio news broadcasts , i.e. two sets of primary data: spoken radio(More)
This paper presents the results of a series of experiments which examine the impact of two information status categories (given and new) and frequency of occurrence on pitch accent realisations. More specifically the experiments explore within-type similarity of pitch accent productions and the effect information status and frequency of occurrence have on(More)
In this paper, we investigate a number of long-standing issues in connection with (i) focus interpretation and its interrelation with complex definite descriptions, and (ii) the intensional properties of sentences with focus constituents. We revitalize the use of Rooth's (1992) ∼ operator , clarify its definition as an anaphoric operator, discuss the(More)
This paper presents a corpus analysis of prosodic realisations of information status categories in terms of pitch accent types. The annotations base on a recent annotation scheme for information status [1] that is based on semantic criteria applied to written text. For each information status category, typical pitch accent realisations are identified.(More)
We present ICARUS for intonation – a graphical tool which allows to access automatically derived F0 features in an intuitive and user-friendly way. It can be used for data exploration and search. Tonal features can be accessed together with information from other linguistic levels; this is exemplified in two search queries where we combine the search for a(More)