Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Intonational Sequences in Tuscan Italian

Judith Bishop (1), Marc Peake (1), Dmitry Sityaev (2)

1Appen Pty Limited, Australia; (2) Toshiba Research Europe Ltd., UK

Sequential distributions of intonational pitch accents in a handlabelled, read speech corpus of Tuscan Italian are analysed in relation to (1) the global frequencies of accents; (2) evidence of consistent patterns of association between accents. A subset of syntactically controlled nominal phrases are examined to determine whether the fact of their constituting a coherent syntactic unit has any effect on their patterns of sequential tone distribution, i.e. whether they are associated with a given tune. Some evidence is found for patterns of association between accents, and between sequences of accents and our chosen type of nominal phrase.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bishop, Judith / Peake, Marc / Sityaev, Dmitry (2005): "Intonational sequences in tuscan Italian", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 1421-1424.