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Topic-Focus Articulation Algorithm on the Syntax-Prosody Interface of Romanian

TitleTopic-Focus Articulation Algorithm on the Syntax-Prosody Interface of Romanian
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsCurteanu, N, Trandabăţ, D, Moruz, MA
EditorMatoušek, V, Mautner, P
Book TitleText, Speech and Dialogue
Series TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
CityBerlin / Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-540-74627-0

We propose in this paper an implementation of the Prague School's TFA (Topic-Focus Articulation) algorithm to support the Romanian prosody design, relying on the experience with FDG (Functional Dependency Grammar) and SCD (Segmentation-Cohesion-Dependency) parsing strategies for the classical, i.e. predication-driven, but Information Structure (IS) non-dependent, syntax. As contributions worth to be mentioned are: (a) Outlining the functional and hierarchical organization of linguistic markers and structures within SCD and FDG local-global parsing, on both sides of the syntax-prosody interface of Romanian. (b) Pointing out the relationship between classical (IS-free) syntactic structures, IS (topic-focus, communicative dynamism) depending textual spans, and the corresponding prosodic intonational units. (c) Adapting and implementing the TFA algorithm for the first time to Romanian prosodic structures, to be continued with TFA sentence-level refinements, its rhetorical-level extension, and embedding into local-global linking algorithms.