Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

The Role of Alignment and Height in the Perception of LH Contours

Luciana Lucente, Plínio A. Barbosa

Department of Linguistics, Speech Prosody Studies Group, State University of Campinas, Brazil

The DaTo system intends to describe the Brazilian Portuguese intonation using a set of labels to represented dynamic intonational contours. To evaluate what kind of physical parameters are involved in the production of emphasis, a set of perception tests were designed to compare the dynamic contours LH (rising) and >LH (late rising). These contours present the same melodic shape, but differ on alignment and pitch height. The results of three perception tests show that alignment and height cooperate as a dynamical system to produce the function of emphasis.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lucente, Luciana / Barbosa, Plínio A. (2010): "The role of alignment and height in the perception of LH contours", In SP-2010, paper 933.