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Abstract : Relations between di erent components of linguistic analysis, such as prosody, morphol- ogy, syntax, semantics, discourse, etc. remains a problem for a systematic description see Blache03. However, this is a main challenge not only from a theoretical point of view, but also for natural language processing, especially in human-machine communication systems or speech processing e.g. synthesis. Several phenomena highlighting such relations has been described. This is typically the case for relations existing between prosody and syntax see Selkirk84, DiCristo85 or Bear90. However, explanations are often empirical and excep-tionally given in the perspective of an actual theory of language. It is for example possible to specify some relations existing between topicalization and syllable duration cf. Doetjes02 or between prosodic architecture and discourse organization after focus cf. DiCristo99. However, the modularity perspective, which relies on the independence of linguistic compo- nents, remains the rule in this kind of description and does not support a global vision of the problem.

Keywords : Language theory information linguistic level interaction

Author: Philippe Blache -



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