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New Methods for Exploring Intonosyntax: Introducing an Intonosyntactic Treebank for Nigerian Pidgin

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This paper presents a new phonetic resource for Nigerian Pidgin, a low-resource language of West Africa. Aiming to provide a new tool for research on intonosyntax, we have augmented an existing syntactic treebank of Nigerian Pidgin, associating each orthographically transcribed token with a series of syllable-level alignments and phonetizations. Syllables are further described using a set of continuous and discrete prosodic features. This new approach provides a simple tool for researchers to explore the prosodic characteristics of various syntactic phenomena. In this paper, we present the format of the corpus, the various features added, and several explorations that can be performed using an online interface. We also present a prosodically specified lexicon extracted using this resource. In it, each orthographic form is accompanied by the frequency of its phoneme-level variants, as well as the suprasegmental features that most frequently accompany each syllable. Finally, we present several additional case studies on how this corpus can used in the study of the language’s prosody.

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hal-04612663 , version 1 (14-06-2024)

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Emmett Strickland, Anne Lacheret-Dujour, Sylvain Kahane, Marc Evrard, Perrine Quennehen, et al.. New Methods for Exploring Intonosyntax: Introducing an Intonosyntactic Treebank for Nigerian Pidgin. Proceedings of the 2024 Joint International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-COLING 2024), ELRA Language Resource Association, May 2024, Turin, Italy. ⟨hal-04612663⟩
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