14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Spoken German uses far fewer pitch accents than standard American
English. It is commonly assumed that German makes use of
focus particles to achieve a comparable gradation of meaning (e.g.
depending on context, only can be translated by allein, erst,
noch or nur).
There are two interacting aspects that are examined in this work. The first aspect is the disambiguation of particles i.e. the decision on the basis of intonation patterns and syntactic information whether the particle is a focus particle or not. The second aspect is the analysis of the intonation patterns that are assigned by focus particles and of the semantic influence on these intonation patterns. The interaction between these different aspects will be discussed.
Bibliographic reference. Müller, Karin (1999): "German focus particles and intonation", In ICPhS-14, 1521-1524.