ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Duration and F0 interval of utterance-final intonation contours in the perception of German sentence modality

Benno Peters, Hartmut R. Pfitzinger

This paper investigates the influence of duration and F0 interval of the utterance-final F0 contour on the perception of sentence modality, i.e. declarative or interrogative sentence. An utterancefinal rising contour with a constant F0 interval of 2 semitones or more and a voicing duration of at least 50 ms leads to unanimously identified interrogative modality. Even at durations of 20 and 30 ms a significant number of listeners is able to consistently identify sentence modality. F0 interval seems to better predict perceived sentence modality than F0 slope.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-14

Cite as: Peters, B., Pfitzinger, H.R. (2008) Duration and F0 interval of utterance-final intonation contours in the perception of German sentence modality. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 65-68, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-14

@inproceedings{peters08_interspeech,
  author={Benno Peters and Hartmut R. Pfitzinger},
  title={{Duration and F0 interval of utterance-final intonation contours in the perception of German sentence modality}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},
  pages={65--68},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2008-14}
}