ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2008
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2008

Linguistic and extra-linguistic determinants of accentuation in dutch

Diana Dimitrova, Gisela Redeker, Markus Egg, John Hoeks

In this paper we discuss the influence of semantically unexpected information on the prosodic realization of contrast. For this purpose, we examine the interplay between unexpectedness and various discourse factors that have been claimed to enhance the accentuation of contrastive information: contrast direction, syntactic status, and discourse distance. We conducted a production experiment in Dutch in which speakers described scenes consisting of moving fruits with unnatural colors. We found that a general cognitive factor such as the unexpectedness of a property has a strong impact on the intonational marking of contrast, over and above the influence of the immediate discourse context.


Cite as: Dimitrova, D., Redeker, G., Egg, M., Hoeks, J. (2008) Linguistic and extra-linguistic determinants of accentuation in dutch. Proc. Speech Prosody 2008, 409-412

@inproceedings{dimitrova08_speechprosody,
  author={Diana Dimitrova and Gisela Redeker and Markus Egg and John Hoeks},
  title={{Linguistic and extra-linguistic determinants of accentuation in dutch}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2008},
  pages={409--412}
}