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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

A Grammar of Intonational Units in German Digit Numbers

Irene Jacobi, Uwe D. Reichel

University of Munich, Germany

This study is concerned with intonation patterns within the restricted domain of German numerals. Regular and non-regular (random) numbers were recorded and F0-contours extracted. Manual segmentation followed by comparison yielded some general intonation patterns as well as other regularities which were speaker-specific. Stress, repetitions of digits and the position of a digit in a number had an influence on the direction and amplitude of F0-movements. To test the reliability of fundamental frequency patterns found as being recurrent and distinguishable, F0 was reduced to a straight line for each digit word and resynthesized with PSOLA for perceptual judgement. The results indicate that three different simple straight-line F0-units sufficiently represent intonational information within German numbers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jacobi, Irene / Reichel, Uwe D. (2003): "A grammar of intonational units in German digit numbers", In ICPhS-15, 591-594.