Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

On Recognition of Declarative Questions in English

Marie Safárová, Marc Swerts

ILLC, University of Amsterdam and Tilburg University, The Netherlands

We report on the results of an experiment designed to test the phonological properties of declarative questions in American English. Previous work is not conclusive in whether a typical melodic contour exists for declarative questions and whether it is crucial for their recognition in spontaneous dialogues. We conclude that speakers are equally good at recognizing declarative questions with and without having access to prosodic information. However, certain contours are taken to be more likely to signal questions, especially the rising contour described in Gunlogson (2001).

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Bibliographic reference.  Safárová, Marie / Swerts, Marc (2004): "On recognition of declarative questions in English", In SP-2004, 313-316.