Parsing and disfluency placement
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Citation of Original PublicationDonald Engel, Eugene Charniak, and Mark Johnson. 2002. Parsing and disfluency placement. In Proceedings of the ACL-02 conference on Empirical methods in natural language processing - Volume 10 (EMNLP '02). Association for Computational Linguistics, USA, 49–54. DOI:https://doi.org/10.3115/1118693.1118700
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It has been suggested that some forms of speech disfluencies, most notable interjections and parentheticals, tend to occur disproportionally at major clause boundaries  and thus might serve to aid parsers in establishing these boundaries. We have tested a current statistical parser  on Switchboard text with and without interjections and parentheticals and found that the parser performed better when not faced with these extra phenomena. This suggest that for current parsers, at least, interjection and parenthetical placement does not help in the parsing process.