ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Examining pitch-accent variability from an exemplar-theoretic perspective

Michael Walsh, Katrin Schweitzer, Bernd Möbius, Hinrich Schütze

This paper presents an exemplar-theoretic account of pitch-accent variability. Results from two experiments are reported. The first experiment examines variability / similarity across a range of pitch-accent contour types which vary in frequency of occurrence. The results report similar behaviour across the frequency bins and are indicative of pitch-accent immunity from frequency effects. The second experiment, in order to establish the impact of lexical frequency on pitch-accent production, examines the similarity of pitch-accent contours linked to high and low frequency syllables. The results indicate further autonomy on the part of pitch-accents and offer possible evidence for post-lexical pitch-accent generation.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-280

Cite as: Walsh, M., Schweitzer, K., Möbius, B., Schütze, H. (2008) Examining pitch-accent variability from an exemplar-theoretic perspective. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 877-880, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-280

  author={Michael Walsh and Katrin Schweitzer and Bernd Möbius and Hinrich Schütze},
  title={{Examining pitch-accent variability from an exemplar-theoretic perspective}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},