14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Casual speech tends to exhibit a larger proportion of reduced
sound segments than careful speech; e.g. she packs shorts,
will be /ʃi pæk ʃɔ:ts/ rather than /ʃi: pæks
ʃɔ:ts/. In the present
paper, we ask whether we can find comparable effects in
Pitch accent distribution in three speaking styles was examined: read, semi-spontaneous and spontaneous speech. The data were taken from the IViE corpus , and were transcribed prosodically in the IViE labelling system, an autosegmental-metrical transcription system for comparative intonation analysis. After labelling, pitch accent types were counted and compared. The results showed that in casual speech, speakers used fewer complex pitch accents than in careful speech. Our findings offer support for autosegmental approaches to intonation analysis such as the ones proposed by  and  which allow for a number of phonological processes in intonation, including continuous speech processes.
Bibliographic reference. Evans, Bronwen / Grabe, Esther (1999): "Connected speech processes in intonation", In ICPhS-14, 33-36.