Dutch Sentence Intonation Revisited

Philippe Martin

Since the first descriptions of Dutch sentence intonation highlighting their characteristic melodic hat patterns [1], most studies in this field were undertaken using the Autosegmental-Metrical (AM) framework and the ToDI notation system, an optimized ToBI variant for Dutch [2]. In the AM approach, accent phrases are minimal prosodic units (AP), assembled to form Intonative Phrases (IP), and sequences of IPs’ constitute the Prosodic Structure (PS). AP’s are characterized by pitch accents which do not interact with each other, while IP’s are ended by boundary tones. From the analysis of a selection of read speech recordings sampled from the Corpus Gesproken Nederlands (CGN) [3], an alternate analysis is introduced, in which pitch accents do interact with each other and indicate partial accent phrase hierarchical structures internal to IP’s. Furthermore, instead of ToDI notation, prosodic events are described as melodic contours, above or below a glissando threshold [4], integrating pitch perception in the model. Moreover, IP’s final pitch accent is merged with its boundary tone as a single prosodic event.

 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-36

Cite as: Martin, P. (2020) Dutch Sentence Intonation Revisited. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 176-180, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-36.

  author={Philippe Martin},
  title={{Dutch Sentence Intonation Revisited}},
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},