Intonation: Theory, Models, and Applications

Athens, Greece
September 18-20, 1997


Production of Broad and Narrow Focus in German a Study Applying a Quantitative Model

Hansjörg Mixdorff

Technical University Dresden, Institute of Technical Acoustics, Dresden, Germany

The present paper examines the influence of broad and narrow focus on the Fq contours of short German utterances. The contours were analyzed using the Fujisaki-model in order to yield quantitative results. In utterances of statements, narrow focus boosts the accent command amplitude assigned to the focused item, which generally exhibits a clear accent peak. Secondary accents are reduced. The broad focus condition is characterized by accent merging. In utterances of questions, little influence of the focus condition on the accent command amplitude was observed which may be assigned to the fact that question-final accents generally exhibit higher accent command amplitudes than statement-final ones. The phrase command amplitude in narrow focal conditions is reduced compared with the broad focal condition.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mixdorff, Hansjörg (1997): "Production of broad and narrow focus in German a study applying a quantitative model", In INT-1997, 239-242.