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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Multiple Cues for Phonetic Phrase Boundaries in German Spontaneous Speech

Benno Peters

Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany

The degree of cohesion of adjacent linguistic/phonetic elements (e.g. dialogue turns, phrases, words, or syllables) is signalled by bundles of phonetic cues. The empirical investigation of German spontaneous speech described in this paper focuses on phonetic phenomena that occur in variable combinations as delimitative features at prosodic phrase boundaries. The term phrase boundary is defined as a point of clearly audible, phonetically cued separation between adjacent units. Four different categories of phrase boundaries are distinguished: turn internal boundaries, phrase boundaries at turn-transitions, boundaries linked to syntactic errors, and boundaries with hesitational lengthening in disfluent speech. A classification of the different types of phrase boundaries is presented according to their phonetic characteristics and linguistic function.

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Bibliographic reference.  Peters, Benno (2003): "Multiple cues for phonetic phrase boundaries in German spontaneous speech", In ICPhS-15, 1795-1798.