Acoustic Cues to Perceived Prominence Levels: Evidence from German Spontaneous Speech

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A corpus study on German spontaneous speech proved the robustness of a meaningful perceptual distinction between two levels of prominence, namely fully- fledged versus secondary accents, and its effective use in prosodic annotation. We found that the two levels are characterized by prosodic profiles that mainly differ in gradient phonetic features (F0 range, duration, intensity) and are only to some extent influenced by the choice of phonological accent type. Furthermore, the distinction between the two levels turned out to be largely independent of medial or final accent positions in the phrase.
Title of host publicationProc. 8th International Conference of Speech Prosody
EditorsJon Barnes, Alejna Brugos, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Nanette Veilleux
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Publication date1 Jun 2016
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016
Event8th Speech Prosody Conference - Boston, United States
Duration: 31 May 20163 Jun 2016


Conference8th Speech Prosody Conference
LandUnited States
SeriesSpeech Prosody

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