Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Analysis of Voice Fundamental Frequency Contours of German Utterances Using a Quantitative Model

Hansjörg Mixdorff, Hiroya Fujisaki

Department of Applied Electronics, Science University of Tokyo, Noda, Japan

In German, as in many other languages, the fundamental frequency contour (henceforth the F0 contour) is an important acoustic correlate of intonation. The present paper adopts a quantitative model originally developed for Japanese to analyze German declarative sentences with statement intonation. As far as the current data is concerned the analysis proves that the model is directly applicable to German. The position of the accent command assigned to an accentable constituent depends on whether the item exhibits a terminal or non-terminal accentuation. Phrasing is found to occur at the boundary between clauses but also after larger noun phrases, for instance.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mixdorff, Hansjörg / Fujisaki, Hiroya (1994): "Analysis of voice fundamental frequency contours of German utterances using a quantitative model", In ICSLP-1994, 2231-2234.