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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Declination and Finality in Spontaneous and Read Speech in Russian

Natalia D. Svetozarova (1), Anne Kuosmanen (2)

(1) Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia
(2) University of Tampere, Finland

This paper deals with two central phenomena of sentence intonation: the perceived finality or non-finality of intonation units and the observed F0-declination in intonation contours. Our aim was to find out whether there exists any relationship between these intonation features and whether the presence of F0-declination can aid the hearer in perceiving finality even in the absence of other means of signalling finality, such as deep final fall. In addition, we made observations on speech data collected in the INTAS-00-915-project in order to clarify the differences in signalling finality in read and spontaneous speech in Russian.

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Bibliographic reference.  Svetozarova, Natalia D. / Kuosmanen, Anne (2003): "Declination and finality in spontaneous and read speech in Russian", In ICPhS-15, 1297-1300.