The Rhetorical Nature of Rhythm

Mihaela Balint, Mihai Dascalu, Stefan Trausan-Matu

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Abstract

Up to date, linguistic rhythm has been studied for speech, but the rhythm of written texts has been merely recognized, and not analyzed or interpreted in connection to natural language tasks. We provide an extension of the textual rhythmic features we proposed in previous work, and demonstrate its benefits for the task of text categorization. Rhythmic features require that the text be segmented in rhythmic units, the sentence being the default unit. We compute our features using three kinds of rhythmic units, provide a comparison between their relevance, and use the results to outline the rhetorical nature of rhythm.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research
PublisherIEEE
Pages48-53
ISBN (Electronic)2247-5443
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event15th Int. Conf. on Networking in Education and Research (RoEduNet) - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=7733872

Conference

Conference15th Int. Conf. on Networking in Education and Research (RoEduNet)
CountryRomania
CityBucharest
Period7/09/169/09/16
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Keywords

  • rhythm
  • discourse segmentation
  • Rhetorical Structure Theory
  • RST Discourse Treebank
  • text categorization
  • Natural Language Processing
  • discourse analysis

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    Balint, M., Dascalu, M., & Trausan-Matu, S. (2016). The Rhetorical Nature of Rhythm. In 15th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research (pp. 48-53). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/RoEduNet.2016.7753208