12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Prosodic Highlights in Mandarin Continuous Speech - Cross-Genre Attributes and Implications

Chiu-yu Tseng, Chao-yu Su, Chi-Feng Huang

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

The present study examines perceived prosodic highlights in three genres of fluent continuous Mandarin to test (1) whether prosodic highlights are genre related, (2) how they interact with discourse structure, (3) how they signal information status, (4) whether systematic acoustic patterns could be obtained from speech data analysis, and (5) whether prosodic highlights is layered over to discourse structure. Results demonstrate that prosodic highlighting is genre related; distribution of key information can be attributed to linguistic content and communicative needs. Prosodic highlighting is an extra layer over discourse structure, the former signals key information while the latter underlying linguistic association.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tseng, Chiu-yu / Su, Chao-yu / Huang, Chi-Feng (2011): "Prosodic highlights in Mandarin continuous speech - cross-genre attributes and implications", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 1381-1384.