Third European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Berlin, Germany
September 22-25, 1993


Deaccentuation and Persistence of Grammatical Function and Surface Position

Julia Hirschberg (1), Jacques Terken (2)

(1) AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA
(2) Institute for Perception Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Deaccentuation is commonly explained as a consequence of the givenness of the information referred to. However, speakers often accent given information, so that a more complex explanation of deaccentuation is required. This work investigates the contribution of persistence of grammatical role and surface position to the occurrence of deaccentuation. We report a production experiment in which these features were varied systematically. The results indicated that persistence of grammatical role and surface position both contributed to deaccentuation.

Keywords: repairs, disfluencies

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Bibliographic reference.  Hirschberg, Julia / Terken, Jacques (1993): "Deaccentuation and persistence of grammatical function and surface position", In EUROSPEECH'93, 1359-1362.