ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2020
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2020

On the Prosody of Contrastive Topics in German Interviews

Arndt Riester, Tobias Schröer, Stefan Baumann

We investigate the prosodic realization of contrastive topics vs. non-contrastive, sentence-initial background expressions on a richly annotated corpus of German spoken interviews. The annotation of contrastive topics and other information-structural categories uses a recent discourse-analytic framework based on the concept of Questions under Discussion. We report that pitch accents on contrastive topics exhibit a significantly wider pitch range but not a later peak than those on background elements.


doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-57

Cite as: Riester, A., Schröer, T., Baumann, S. (2020) On the Prosody of Contrastive Topics in German Interviews. Proc. Speech Prosody 2020, 280-284, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-57

@inproceedings{riester20_speechprosody,
  author={Arndt Riester and Tobias Schröer and Stefan Baumann},
  title={{On the Prosody of Contrastive Topics in German Interviews}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={280--284},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-57}
}