15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Reported Discourse and its Acoustic/Prosodic Characteristics in Venezuelan Spanish

Elsa Mora, Alexandra Alvarez

Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela

This paper presents partial results of research done on the acoustic / prosodic features that contributed to single out the multiplicity of voices present in the production of reported speech. The fragments analyzed were taken from recordings of twelve female speakers of Venezuelan Spanish. Fundamental frequency, length and intensity were measured on each syllable of the fragments. Results showed that the discourse of the speaker before the direct speech clauses shows a fall in F0 ending in a pause. This in turn is followed by a rise in tone which is higher than the speaker's media and goes on ascending until the end of the clause. Reported discourse showed higher intensity that the actual discourse of the speaker. We found that, as with F0, there was a previous fall all the way to the corresponding pause. On the contrary, the actual reported speech clause, showed a descending curve. Regarding length, both before and in the actual direct speech itself, we found that the clause starts with short-timed syllables that gradually lengthened up to the last syllable and the pause preceding direct speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mora, Elsa / Alvarez, Alexandra (2003): "Reported discourse and its acoustic/prosodic characteristics in Venezuelan Spanish", In ICPhS-15, 571-574.