ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2008
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2008

Dip and hat pattern: a phonological contrast of German?

Gilbert Ambrazaitis, Oliver Niebuhr

Is the high plateau in a ‘hat pattern’ a phonetic artefact, or does it reflect a phonological feature? Can it contrast with a low plateau, i.e., a ‘dip pattern’? The presented perception experiment supports the phonological point of view, since it shows that the dip/hat contrast can disambiguate German oder-constructions, which are interpretable as ‘alternative’ or ‘yes/no-questions’. This specific function may be derived from a more general substance-function relation: While a hat pattern has a ‘bracketing function’, a dip signals detachment.


Cite as: Ambrazaitis, G., Niebuhr, O. (2008) Dip and hat pattern: a phonological contrast of German? Proc. Speech Prosody 2008, 269-272

@inproceedings{ambrazaitis08_speechprosody,
  author={Gilbert Ambrazaitis and Oliver Niebuhr},
  title={{Dip and hat pattern: a phonological contrast of German?}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2008},
  pages={269--272}
}