On the Prosody of Contrastive Topics in German Interviews

Arndt Riester, Tobias Schröer, Stefan Baumann


We investigate the prosodic realization of contrastive topics vs. non-contrastive, sentence-initial background expressions on a richly annotated corpus of German spoken interviews. The annotation of contrastive topics and other information-structural categories uses a recent discourse-analytic framework based on the concept of Questions under Discussion. We report that pitch accents on contrastive topics exhibit a significantly wider pitch range but not a later peak than those on background elements.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-57

Cite as: Riester, A., Schröer, T., Baumann, S. (2020) On the Prosody of Contrastive Topics in German Interviews. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 280-284, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-57.


@inproceedings{Riester2020,
  author={Arndt Riester and Tobias Schröer and Stefan Baumann},
  title={{On the Prosody of Contrastive Topics in German Interviews}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={280--284},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-57},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-57}
}