14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Prosodic Correlates of Referent Status

Maria Wolters

Institut für Kommunikationsforschung und Phonetik, University of Bonn, Germany

Prosodic correlates of 6 referent status taxonomies and 3 distance-from-last-mention heuristics both on the acoustic and on the symbolic level (ToBI) were investigated in a corpus of short news reports read by 6 professional newsreaders. Symbolic correlates are found mainly for pronouns, acoustic correlates for nouns and proper names. However, both form and extent of these correlates varies considerably between speakers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wolters, Maria (1999): "Prosodic correlates of referent status", In ICPhS-14, 1165-1168.