Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

Contour Patterns of Chinese Intonational Phrases

Chen Hu

The English Department, Luoyang University of Foreign Languages, China

Intonational phrases with 2, 3, and 4 intermediate phrases constitute the majority of all Chinese IPs. The contour patterns of Chinese IPs indicate that the near-bottom Dmin value of the last intermediate phrase serves as the primary indicator of the statement intonation in Chinese, while the falling trend of the last part of the top-line can serve as a compensatory auxiliary indicator when the primary indicator is not typical.

Index Terms: contour patterns, Chinese intonational phrase, the AM approach

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Hu, Chen (2012): "Contour patterns of Chinese intonational phrases", In SP-2012, 579-582.