10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Pitch Accents and Information Status in a German Radio News Corpus

Katrin Schweitzer, Arndt Riester, Michael Walsh, Grzegorz Dogil

Universität Stuttgart, Germany

This paper presents a corpus analysis of prosodic realisations of information status categories in terms of pitch accent types. The annotations base on a recent annotation scheme for information status [1] that is based on semantic criteria applied to written text. For each information status category, typical pitch accent realisations are identified. Moreover, the relevance of the strict semantic information status labelling scheme on the prosodic realisation is examined. It can be shown that the semantic criteria are reflected in prosody, i.e. the prosodic findings corroborate the theoretical assumptions made in the framework.


  1. A. Riester, “The components of focus and their use in annotating information structure,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Stuttgart, 2008.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Schweitzer, Katrin / Riester, Arndt / Walsh, Michael / Dogil, Grzegorz (2009): "Pitch accents and information status in a German radio news corpus", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2415-2418.