Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

The Prosody of Modern Hebrew - A Quantitative Study

Hansjörg Mixdorff (1), Noam Amir(2)

(1) Faculty of Computer Science, Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany
(2) Department Of Communication Disorders, Speech, Language and Hearing, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

The current paper presents a preliminary study of Modern Hebrew prosody using a quantitative model. In a small corpus of segmentally identical utterances the place of focus and sentence mode were systematically varied. Following the rationale of MFGI, the Mixdorff-Fujisaki Model of German intonation, the phonetic properties of the contrast lending intonemes were examined. These properties are remarkably similar to those of German: The place of focus is marked by high accent command amplitudes and reduction of post-focal accents whereas pre-focal accents remain almost unaffected. Questions and non-terminal utterances are marked by rising intonation on the last accented item.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mixdorff, Hansjörg / Ami, Noam (2002): "The prosody of modern Hebrew - a quantitative study", In SP-2002, 511-514.