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