A Study on Prosody and Discourse Structure in Cooperative Dialogues

  title={A Study on Prosody and Discourse Structure in Cooperative Dialogues},
  author={Shin'ya Nakajima and James F. Allen},
This paper describes how well prosodic information correlates with the topic structure of a cooperative dialogue. To investigate this correlation systematically, rst we introduce the notion of utterance unit (UU) as a basic unit in conversations. We de ne the utterance unit by employing four principles. The Grammatical Principle is a syntactical criterion and the UU boundary is set wherever the period can be placed. The Pragmatic Principle says that each UU corresponds to a basic speech act. In… CONTINUE READING
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