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

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


Mapping Intonational Transcribers' Tone Similarity Space

Rebecca Herman, Julia Tevis McGory

Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University, OH, USA

This paper discusses a newly-developed method for comparing the factors used by different prosodic labelers in intonational transcription. Four experienced intonational transcribers' tone similarity judgments were elicited, and these judgments were submitted to a multi-dimensional scaling analysis. From this analysis, we can determine dimensions and tonal clustering in each transcriber, and the subjective similarity space for the categories in an intonational transcription system. This information is crucial for studies which measure inter-transcriber reliability, in which it is important to determine not just whether transcribers differ from each other but also how they differ.

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Bibliographic reference.  Herman, Rebecca / McGory, Julia Tevis (1999): "Mapping intonational transcribers' tone similarity space", In ICPhS-14, 2331-2334.