DIMA – Annotation guidelines for German intonation

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  • Frank Kügler
  • Bernadett Smolibocki
  • Denis Arnold
  • Stefan Baumann
  • Bettina Braun
  • Martine Grice
  • Stefanie Jannedy
  • Jan Michalsky
  • Oliver Niebuhr
  • Jörg Peters
  • Simon Ritter
  • Christine T. Röhr
  • Antje Schweitzer
  • Katrin Schweitzer
  • Petra Wagner

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This paper presents newly developed guidelines for prosodic annotation of German as a consensus system agreed upon by German intonologists. The DIMA system is rooted in the framework of autosegmental-metrical phonology. One important goal of the consensus is to make exchanging data between groups easier since German intonation is currently annotated according to different models. To this end, we aim to provide guidelines that are easy to learn. The guidelines were evaluated running an inter-annotator reliability study on three different speech styles (read speech, monologue and dialogue). The overall high κ between 0.76 and 0.89 (depending on the speech style) shows that the DIMA conventions can be applied successfully.
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland
EditorsMaria Wolters, Judy Livingstone, Bernie Beattie, Rachel Smith, Mike MacMahon, Jane Stuart-Smith, Jim Scobbie
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherInternational Phonetic Association
Publication date2015
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-85261-941-4
StatePublished - 2015
Event18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015


Conference18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
LandUnited Kingdom
SeriesProceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences

    Research areas

  • intonation, annotation, phonology

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