Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Relevance of F0 Peak Shape and Alignment for the Perception of a Functional Contrast in Russian

Tamara Rathcke

Institute of Phonetics and digital Speech Processing, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany

This paper reports a perception experiment carried out to investigate the perceptually relevant properties of yes/noquestions and contrastive emphasis in modern Russian spoken by young people in Kaliningrad. Only melodic cues were involved in the test stimuli such as alignment and shape of F0 peaks as well as presence of a peak plateau. A semantic congruity test was performed to investigate these formfunction relations. Results indicate that peak alignment is the strongest cue for the perceptual distinction of the investigated categories. Contour shape (including plateau property) serves as a secondary cue, whereas the effect of a plateau seems to be very small. Results are discussed in terms of phonological modeling of Russian intonation based on an experimental approach including the investigation of intonational forms in relation to linguistic functions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Rathcke, Tamara (2006): "Relevance of F0 peak shape and alignment for the perception of a functional contrast in Russian", In SP-2006, paper 116.