4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Distinction Between 'Normal' Focus and 'Contrastive/Emphatic' Focus

Anja (Petzold) Elsner

Institut für Kommunikationsforschung und Phonetik (IKP), University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

A method to extract and classify focus accents has been developed. It works for German spontaneous speech. The method tries to distinguish 'normal' and 'contrastive/emphatic' focus accents using phrase boundaries. It was found that contrastive/emphatic accents tend to have greater distances to phrase boundaries than normal focus accents. Moreover, for contrastive/emphatic accents there was found a much steeper F0 rise for accents with a rather high distance from the next phrase boundary

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Bibliographic reference.  Elsner, Anja (Petzold) (1996): "Distinction between 'normal' focus and 'contrastive/emphatic' focus", In ICSLP-1996, 642-645.