Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Acoustic Characteristics of Surprise in Russian Questions

Veronika Makarova

Meikai University, Electrotechnical Laboratory, Japan

This paper reports the results of an experimental phonetic study investigating the production of neutral and surprised interrogatives in Russian. The paper describes F0 and duration parameters of 22 one-word three-syllable ‘yes/no’ questions with the lexical stress on the penultimate syllable pronounced by five speakers of Russian. The speakerindependent differences between the parameters of neutral and surprised interrogatives include total sentence duration, pitch peak height, duration and pitch height of the accented syllable. The study also shows that despite the existence of common ways of expressing surprise, there is a strong variability across the speakers in the choice of a particular set of parameters for the expression of the neutral/surprised interrogative contrast.


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Bibliographic reference.  Makarova, Veronika (2000): "Acoustic characteristics of surprise in Russian questions", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 658-661.