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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

A Pilot Case Study on Sentence Pattern Perception of Spanish

Hirotaka Sensui

Waseda University, Japan

This study aims to observe which part of a sentence has more influence on the recognition of its pattern. A list consisting 27 sentences, each containing 4 intonation patterns (declarative, rising interrogative, falling interrogative and suspended), was recorded by a male native speaker of European Spanish. In this pilot study, 9 sentences were chosen from this list and were modulated by a computer software. A subject, another male native speaker of Peninsular Spanish, listened to a list of 108 sentences (=9 sentences x 4 intonation patterns x 3 different modified parts) recorded on a cassette tape. The results indicate a possibility that (i) the subject can perceive with high accuracy declarative or rising interrogative intonation, but (ii) he needs more prosodic information in the identification of falling interrogative or suspension.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sensui, Hirotaka (2003): "A pilot case study on sentence pattern perception of Spanish", In ICPhS-15, 1731-1734.