Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

How Can a Functional Perspective be Used in Intonation Modelling?

Doina Jitca (1), Vasile Apopei (1), Magdalena Jitca (2)

(1) Institute for Computer Science, Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch, Romania
(2) University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza", Iasi, Romania

Abstract This paper presents some reasons to take a functional perspective in intonation modelling into account. We distinguish two functional prosodic unit types that are functionally equivalent: an elementary one - the accentual units (AUs) - and other, nonelementary- the AU groups (AUGs). Their functions at the communicative act level give meanings to corresponding F0 contour segments. A functional category includes different F0 contour prototypes. We illustrate a manner of dealing with a functional model by means of a set of functional prosodic unit categories generated by a Romanian intonation modelling. We consider the accentual units, their groups and their functional labels are proper terms for describing the meanings of the intonational contours.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jitca, Doina / Apopei, Vasile / Jitca, Magdalena (2010): "How can a functional perspective be used in intonation modelling?", In SP-2010, paper 749.