First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

Prosodic Features Marking the Major Syntactic Boundary of Japanese: A Study on Syntactically Ambiguous Sentences of the Kinki Dialect

Junichi Azuma, Yoshimasa Tsukuma

Kenmei Women's Junior College, Himeji-shi, Hyogo, Japan

This paper investigates which of the two prosodic features, pause or F0, has a greater effect on the comprehension of a syntactically ambiguous Japanese sentence of the Kinki dialect. The results of the experiment, where subjects judged the meaning of PARCOR-synthesized syntactically ambiguous sentences, showed that insertion of a pause at a certain point, which was supposed to cause the listeners' judgment for the other meaning of the sentence, does not greatly affect the listeners' judgment. On the other hand, it was found that manipulation of F0 can completely change the listeners' judgment of the stimulus sentences.

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Bibliographic reference.  Azuma, Junichi / Tsukuma, Yoshimasa (1990): "Prosodic features marking the major syntactic boundary of Japanese: a study on syntactically ambiguous sentences of the kinki dialect", In ICSLP-1990, 453-456.