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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Universal and Language-Specific Aspects of Intonation in English and Polish

Esther Grabe (1), Maciej Karpinski (2)

(1) University of Oxford, UK
(2) Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

We compared nuclear accent production in English and Polish read speech. We investigated declaratives and three types of questions. We expected to find (a) cross-linguistic differences and (b) a cross-language generalisation which may be evidence for an intonational universal. The generalisation under investigation was a trade-off between syntactic or lexical question markers in the text and the production of high pitch. The expected cross-linguistic difference involved the production and distribution of nuclear accent types in different kinds of utterances.

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Bibliographic reference.  Grabe, Esther / Karpinski, Maciej (2003): "Universal and language-specific aspects of intonation in English and Polish", In ICPhS-15, 1061-1064.