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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Language Dependence in Continuation Intonation

Aoju Chen

University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

This paper describes two perceptual studies in which we investigated how British English and German differ in continuation intonation. Our investigation aimed to establish: (1) differences in the preferred pitch contour to signal continuation (Experiment 1); (2) differences in the perception of continuation signalled by a rising tone in general (Experiment 2). Our findings suggest that in addition to these two aspects, languages may differ in the way they exploit the phonetic space of H% to signal different degrees of need to keep the floor in dialogue.

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Bibliographic reference.  Chen, Aoju (2003): "Language dependence in continuation intonation", In ICPhS-15, 1069-1072.