5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Testing the Meaning of Four Dutch Pitch Accent Types

Johanneke Caspers

Phonetics Laboratory Leiden University/HIL, Leiden, The Netherlands

The Grammar of Dutch Intonation ("GDI", [1]), the model I adopted to describe intonational phenomena, provides an inventory of accent- lending and boundary-marking pitch configurations for Dutch, but little is known about the factors influencing the choice within these two categories. The present study aims to provide some insight into this issue, by way of experimentally testing linguistic propositions regarding the meaning of a number of accent-lending intonation patterns in Dutch. Two perception experiments have been carried out to test four form-meaning hypotheses and the results confirm the basic correctness of the semantic proposals.

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Bibliographic reference.  Caspers, Johanneke (1997): "Testing the meaning of four dutch pitch accent types", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 863-866.