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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Developing a Transcription of Russian Intonation (ToRI): Two Experiments for an Evaluation of Russian Pitch Accents

Cecilia Odé

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A manual transcription system using unambiguous symbols that express experimentally verified forms and contextual functions of Russian intonation is under development: ToRI (Transcription of Russian Intonation). ToRI, inspired by ToDI (Gussenhoven et al., 1999), will be implemented on the Internet as an interactive research tool and learning module. For theoretical and language-specific reasons ToRI will differ considerably from ToDI, also because contextual functions will be described. A first step toward ToRI symbols is the evaluation of the classification in my 1989 thesis (Odé, 1989) in eleven experimentally verified types of pitch accent occurring in spontaneous and prepared speech. The question was whether the types would be directly usable for ToRI. Two experiments were conducted to verify the perceptual equivalence of the types with realizations of types in spontaneous and prepared speech by other speakers. Results show that my classification can be used, if taking into account the limits of perceptual tolerance of the types of pitch accent. Intonation change may also be an issue.

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Bibliographic reference.  Odé, Cecilia (2003): "Developing a transcription of Russian intonation (toRI): two experiments for an evaluation of Russian pitch accents", In ICPhS-15, 3097-3100.