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