Intonation Unit Size in Spontaneous Hebrew: Gender and Channel Differences

Vered Silber-Varod, Tal Levy


In this corpus-driven research, the question of whether there is a tempo at the Intonation Unit (IU) level, and whether defined IUs differ not only with regard to their pitch contour and boundary tones but also with respect to their phonological size. For this reason, the inventory of syllable size (in terms of segments (phonemes)) and word size (in terms of syllables) was examined, and then each IU category (mainly Terminal vs. Continuous) was measured with respect to the number of syllables and words it contains. Moreover, terminal IU size was also measured with regard to the amount of embedded continuous IUs. Results showed that terminal IUs in spontaneous Israeli Hebrew (IH) do not necessarily consist of embedded continuous IUs. This can be explained due to their massive use as short feedback units in spontaneous speech. Statistical measurements for gender and channel (Face-to-Face vs. telephone conversations) variables were carried with no significance for gender, but with statistically significance for several channel aspects. Last, estimated durational measurements of the IU size are presented.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-119

Cite as: Silber-Varod, V., Levy, T. (2014) Intonation Unit Size in Spontaneous Hebrew: Gender and Channel Differences. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 658-662, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-119.


@inproceedings{Silber-Varod2014,
  author={Vered Silber-Varod and Tal Levy},
  title={{Intonation Unit Size in Spontaneous Hebrew: Gender and Channel Differences}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={658--662},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-119},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-119}
}