Influence of Contextuality on Prosodic Realization of Information Structure in Chinese Dialogues

Bin Li, Yuan Jia


In this paper, we present a detailed investigation on the influence of contextuality on the prosodic realization of information structure in Chinese dialogues. The materials were selected from the 863 corpus, which contains both isolated sentences and spontaneous dialogues. RefLex was selected as the annotation scheme, which differentiates information structure on the lexical and referential levels. Prosodic data (including duration and pitch range) from 12 groups of spontaneous dialogues were analyzed with the linear mixed effects mode, and each of them consists of 13–22 turns. The isolated sentences corresponding to these dialogues were also analyzed. The analysis results reveal the influence of contextuality. Specifically, the features of prosodic realization of information structure on the lexical and referential levels show a contrary tendency. The statistical analysis indicates that the speakers use duration and pitch ranges as phonetic cues to distinguish information structures on both levels. On the other hand, duration on the referential level is the only phonetic cue affected by contextuality.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2291

Cite as: Li, B., Jia, Y. (2019) Influence of Contextuality on Prosodic Realization of Information Structure in Chinese Dialogues. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 1911-1915, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2291.


@inproceedings{Li2019,
  author={Bin Li and Yuan Jia},
  title={{Influence of Contextuality on Prosodic Realization of Information Structure in Chinese Dialogues}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={1911--1915},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2291},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2291}
}