Perceptual Evaluation of Early versus Late F0 Peaks in the Intonation Structure of Czech Question-Word Questions

Pavel Šturm, Jan Volín


Question-word questions in Czech lexically mark their interrogative function in the initial position: in their standard form, they begin with an interrogative lexeme. For many linguists, this is a sufficient reason for resigning on intonation marking, so they claim that the speech melody in these questions is identical to the melody of statements. A careful observation of the current Czech speech suggests otherwise.

This paper presents a perceptual experiment in which Czech speakers evaluated two contrastive forms of the interrogative melody, specifically the one with a late peak modelled after statements (as suggested by some authors), and the one with an early peak modelled after our empirical data collected previously. Thirty-two listeners expressed a statistically significant preference for the early peak in a perception test. This outcome resonates with the sample of speech production of the questions. However, the late peak is also possible and acceptable: we assume that it might be a signal of contrastive emphasis or an implicational cue.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2082

Cite as: Šturm, P., Volín, J. (2019) Perceptual Evaluation of Early versus Late F0 Peaks in the Intonation Structure of Czech Question-Word Questions. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 1976-1980, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2082.


@inproceedings{Šturm2019,
  author={Pavel Šturm and Jan Volín},
  title={{Perceptual Evaluation of Early versus Late F0 Peaks in the Intonation Structure of Czech Question-Word Questions}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={1976--1980},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2082},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2082}
}