The Meaning of Intonational Contours in the Interpretation of Discourse

  title={The Meaning of Intonational Contours in the Interpretation of Discourse},
  author={Janet B. Pierrehumbert and Julia Hirschberg},
Recent investigations of the contribution that intonation makes to overall utterance and discourse interpretation promise new sources of information for the investigation of long-time concerns in natural-language processing. In Hirschberg and Pierrehumbert 1986 we proposed that intonational features such as phrasing, accmt pUuttTWIt, pilch rangt, and huIe represent important sources of information about the attmh0ru3l and the rntmt10rIJAl structures of discourse. I In this paper we examine the… 

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