10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Intonation Segments and Segmental Intonation

Oliver Niebuhr

LPL, France

An acoustic analysis of a German dialogue corpus showed that the sound qualities and durations of fricatives, vocoids, and diphthongs at the ends of question and statement utterances varied systematically with the utterance-final intonation segments, which were high-rising in the questions and terminal- falling in the statements. The ways in which the variations relate to phenomena like sibilant/spectral pitch and intrinsic F0 suggest that they are meant to support the pitch course. Thus, they may be called segmental intonations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Niebuhr, Oliver (2009): "Intonation segments and segmental intonation", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2435-2438.