Speech Prosody 2004
In a perception experiment in German, subjects judged the appropriateness of three types of nuclear pitch accent (including deaccentuation) on non-pronominal anaphoric referring expressions, which were either textually or inferentially accessible from the preceding context. Results confirm that accessible information can indeed be accented - and in some cases must be. However, not all accents are equally appropriate. The type of accent preferred depends on the relation between the antecedent and the anaphor. Results further suggest a continuum of degrees of activation for referring expressions which is to some extent iconically reflected by the pitch height on the lexically stressed syllable of the target word.
Bibliographic reference. Baumann, Stefan / Grice, Martine (2004): "Accenting accessible information", In SP-2004, 21-24.