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

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


Distribution of Pitch Accents in Intonation Groups across Intonational Styles

Dmitry Sityaev

Phonetics Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

The current study investigates the relation between prosodic structure and paralinguistic factors. Specifically, the number of pitch accents found in an intonation group is claimed to vary depending on an intonational style in which the speaker chooses to convey a message. It is shown that in formal speech, speakers tend to place three and four accents per intonation group more often than they do in informal speech. Also, the difference in prosodic organisation was noted between read speech and spontaneous speech. In general, it was found that in spontaneous speech, in about 50-60% of all the intonation groups speakers place only one accent per intonation group.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sityaev, Dmitry (1999): "Distribution of pitch accents in intonation groups across intonational styles", In ICPhS-14, 1505-1508.