Intonation: Theory, Models, and Applications

Athens, Greece
September 18-20, 1997


An Acoustic Investigation of Intonation in the Speech of a Norwegian Patient With a Left Hemisphere Lesion

Inger Moen (1), Kjetil Sundet

(1) Department of Linguistics, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
(2) Department of Psychosomatic and Behavioral Medicine, The National Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Our paper addresses the question of the functional lateralisation of intonation in a pitch accent language. The fundamental frequency patterns in the speech of an aphasic patient who had suffered damage to the left frontotemporal area of the brain as the result of a stroke, was investigated on the basis of a reading test. The test results indicate that the patient's ability to produce a proper distinction between the two Norwegian pitch accents was reduced. He also failed to produce normal intonation patterns. This failure is probably a secondary result of a reduced ability to perform articulatory planning spanning sequences of more than one word.

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Bibliographic reference.  Moen, Inger / Sundet, Kjetil (1997): "An acoustic investigation of intonation in the speech of a norwegian patient with a left hemisphere lesion", In INT-1997, 243-246.