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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Perceptual Study of Timing Variables in F0 Peaks

Oliver Niebuhr

Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany

This paper is concerned with the role of alignment and peak shape of F0 peaks in the perception of intonational categories. The term intonation is restricted to speech melody. Several experiments on early and medial peaks in German show that both dimensions are relevant in this intonational contrast, mirroring the findings for comparable intonational contrasts in other languages. Hence, my findings support the assumption that all these intonational contrasts originate from a common psychophonetic mechanism which is linked to holistic contours rather than to its local features.

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Bibliographic reference.  Niebuhr, Oliver (2003): "Perceptual study of timing variables in F0 peaks", In ICPhS-15, 1225-1228.