A Modular Account of Information Structure in Extensible Dependency Grammar

  • Ralph Debusmann
  • Oana Postolache
  • Maarika Traat
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3406)


We introduce a modular, dependency-based formalization of Information Structure (IS) based on Steedman’s prosodic account [1,2]. We state it in terms of Extensible Dependency Grammar (XDG) [3], introducing two new dimensions modeling 1) prosodic structure, and 2) theme/rheme and focus/background partitionings. The approach goes without a non-standard syntactic notion of constituency and can be straightforwardly extended to model interactions between IS and other dimensions such as word order.


Word Order Outgoing Edge Node Label Incoming Edge Pitch Accent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph Debusmann
    • 1
  • Oana Postolache
    • 2
    • 3
  • Maarika Traat
    • 4
  1. 1.Programming Systems LabSaarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Computational LinguisticsSaarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  3. 3.Al. I. Cuza UniversityIaşiRomania
  4. 4.InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghScotland

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