The Rhetorical Nature of Rhythm

Mihaela Balint, Mihai Dascalu, Stefan Trausan-Matu

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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
ISBN (Electronic)2247-5443
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event15th Int. Conf. on Networking in Education and Research (RoEduNet) - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 7 Sept 20169 Sept 2016


Conference15th Int. Conf. on Networking in Education and Research (RoEduNet)
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  • rhythm
  • discourse segmentation
  • Rhetorical Structure Theory
  • RST Discourse Treebank
  • text categorization
  • Natural Language Processing
  • discourse analysis


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