Alignment of "Phrase Accent" Lows in Dutch Falling Rising Questions: Theoretical and Methodological Implications



Lickley, Robin and Schepman, A. and Ladd, D. Robert (2005) Alignment of "Phrase Accent" Lows in Dutch Falling Rising Questions: Theoretical and Methodological Implications. Language and Speech, 48 (2). pp. 157-183. ISSN 0023-8309

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Abstract

In the first part of this study, we measured the alignment (relative to segmental landmarks) of the low F0 turning points between the accentual fall and the final boundary rise in short Dutch falling-rising questions of the form Do you live in [place name]? produced as read speech in a laboratory setting. We found that the alignment of these turning points is affected by the location of a postaccentual secondary stressed syllable if one is present. This is consistent with the findings and analyses of Grice, Ladd, & Arvaniti, 2000 (Phonology 17, 143–185), suggesting that the low turning points are the phonetic reflex of a "phrase accent." In the second part of this study, we measured the low turning points in falling-rising questions produced in a task-oriented dialog setting and found that their alignment is affected in the same way as in the read speech data. This suggests that read speech experiments are a valid means of investigating the phonetic details of intonation contours.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: alignment Dutch F0 intonation prosody
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2009 11:49
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:55
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/390

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