Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

On Pitch-Accent Identification – The Role of Syllable Duration and Intensity

Oliver Niebuhr (1), Hartmut R. Pfitzinger (2)

(1) Dept. of General & Comparative Linguistics, University of Kiel, Germany
(2) Institute of Phonetics and Digital Speech Processing (IPDS), University of Kiel, Germany

The two German pitch accents H+L* and L*+H show different duration and intensity patterns in the triplet of pre-accented, accented, and post-accented syllable. Combining the pattern of H+L* with the F0 peak of L*+H and vice versa lowered the identification of the two pitch accents. The implications of these findings for pitch-accent modelling are discussed.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Niebuhr, Oliver / Pfitzinger, Hartmut R. (2010): "On pitch-accent identification – the role of syllable duration and intensity", In SP-2010, paper 773.