The disambiguation of the tonally identical sentences

Grace Kuo


In this study, we present a sentence gating paradigm to examine Taiwanese listeners’ use of prosodic phrasing to interpret ambiguous sentences. The correspondence between the phonetic attributes of the prosodic structures and the listeners’ choice scores and confidence ratings in the gating task are also analyzed. The results show that sentences were disambiguated only at the disambiguation points and the most salient cues were final lengthening and final pitch declination. Multiple linear regressions further show that listeners used not only duration and f0 measures but also voice quality to make their judgments. Index Terms: prosodic cues, sentence disambiguation, gating paradigm


 DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-29

Cite as: Kuo, G. (2018) The disambiguation of the tonally identical sentences. Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, 145-149, DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-29.


@inproceedings{Kuo2018,
  author={ Grace Kuo},
  title={ The disambiguation of the tonally identical sentences},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages},
  pages={145--149},
  doi={10.21437/TAL.2018-29},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2018-29}
}