Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Is there a Distinction Between H+!H* and H+L* in Standard German? Evidence from an Acoustic and Auditory Analysis

Tamara Rathcke, Jonathan Harrington

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

This paper is concerned with intonation in German and whether there is a phonological distinction between two types of early peaks H+L* and H+!H*. Speech perception and production data are presented to shed light on this issue. The results show little evidence for a phonological distinction between these categories. The results are interpreted in terms of the relationship between downstep and early peak placement in German.

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Bibliographic reference.  Rathcke, Tamara / Harrington, Jonathan (2006): "Is there a distinction between h+!h* and h+l* in standard German? evidence from an acoustic and auditory analysis", In SP-2006, paper 151.