Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Pitch Range is not Pitch Range

Christiane Ulbrich

School of Communication, University of Ulster, UK

This paper presents a phonetic analysis of pitch range as perceived and measured on utterance and syllable level. A previous analysis of read speech showed that German speakers produced a larger pitch-range on utterance level, whereas Swiss German speakers produced a larger pitch-range on syllable level. This analysis was based on the production of broadcasters reading news messages and a fairytale, both stylistically very restricted and largely standardized. Therefore, in the present study semi- and spontaneous utterances are analyzed to provide evidence that these findings are crosslinguistic rather than discourse-specific. The evidence was provided by auditory annotation and acoustic measurements.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ulbrich, Christiane (2006): "Pitch range is not pitch range", In SP-2006, paper 041.