Using Prosody to Spot Location Mentions

Gerardo Cervantes, University of Texas at El Paso


Identifying location mentions in speech is important for many information retrieval and information extraction tasks; here I explore the use of prosody for location spotting. While previous work has explored the use of prosody for spotting named entities, including locations, the specific value of prosody for finding locations in spontaneous speech has not been measured. Using the Switchboard corpus and LSTM modeling I obtain results indicating that prosody is useful in spotting location mentions. Further, I identify specific prosodic features that tend to mark locations in American English.

Subject Area

Computer science|Linguistics

Recommended Citation

Cervantes, Gerardo, "Using Prosody to Spot Location Mentions" (2020). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI27964344.