ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010

Nuclear rises and final rises in Manchego peninsular Spanish yes/no questions

Nicholas C. Henriksen

This paper is an experimental investigation examining the tonal structure of yes/no question intonation by speakers of Manchego Peninsular Spanish. It provides a phonetic and phonological analysis of a corpus of 738 yes/no question utterances produced by 16 speakers in a contextualized sentence reading task. The acoustic-phonetic analysis focuses on the scaling and timing correlates of final rises produced under various tonal clash and non-clash contexts. The quantitative results provide evidence for two separate tonal configurations, and this difference is indicated by contrasting nuclear pitch accent specifications: H*…¡H% and L*…H%.

Index Terms: yes/no questions, final rises, sparse tonal specification


Cite as: Henriksen, N.C. (2010) Nuclear rises and final rises in Manchego peninsular Spanish yes/no questions. Proc. Speech Prosody 2010, paper 212

@inproceedings{henriksen10_speechprosody,
  author={Nicholas C. Henriksen},
  title={{Nuclear rises and final rises in Manchego peninsular Spanish yes/no questions}},
  year=2010,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2010},
  pages={paper 212}
}