8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

The Phonetic Exponency of Phrasal Accentuation in French and German

William Barry, Bistra Andreeva, Ingmar Steiner

Saarland University, Germany

The acoustic-phonetic properties of words spoken with three different levels of accentuation (de-accented, pre-nuclear and nuclear accented in broad-focus and nuclear accented in narrow-focus) are examined in question-answer elicited sentences and iterative imitations (on the syllable da) produced by six French and six German speakers. Normalised parameter values allow a comparative weighting of the properties employed in differentiating the three levels of accentuation. Clear differences are found between French and German in the weighting hierarchy of the acoustic properties.

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Bibliographic reference.  Barry, William / Andreeva, Bistra / Steiner, Ingmar (2007): "The phonetic exponency of phrasal accentuation in French and German", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 1010-1013.