11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Perception on Pitch Reset at Discourse Boundaries

Hsin-Yi Lin, Janice Fon

National Taiwan University, Taiwan

This study investigates the role of pitch reset in discourse boundary perception. Previous production studies showed that pitch reset is a robust correlate of discourse boundaries. It not only signals boundary location, but also reflects boundary sizes. In this study, one aims to investigate how listeners perceive and utilize this cue for boundary detection. Results showed that listeners’ perception on this cue corresponded to the patterns found in speech production. What is more, evidence showed that what listeners rely on is the amount of reset, rather than the rest pitch height.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lin, Hsin-Yi / Fon, Janice (2010): "Perception on pitch reset at discourse boundaries", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1225-1228.