10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

F0 Cues for the Discourse Functions of “hã” in Hindi

Kalika Bali

Microsoft Research India, India

Affirmative particles are often employed in conversational speech to convey more than their literal semantic meaning. The discourse information conveyed by such particles can have consequences in both Speech Understanding and Speech Production for a Spoken Dialogue System. This paper analyses the different discourse functions of the affirmative particle hã (“yes”) in Hindi and in explores the role of fundamental frequency (f0) as a cue to disambiguating these functions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bali, Kalika (2009): "F0 cues for the discourse functions of “hã” in hindi", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2931-2934.