ISCA Archive DiaPro 1999
ISCA Archive DiaPro 1999

The communicative effects of rising and falling pitch accents in British English and Dutch

Toni Rietveld, Carlos Gussenhoven, Anne Wichmann, Esther Grabe

Phonologically identical intonation contours may differ in the way they are realised as well as in their relative frequency of occurrence in particular pragmatic and discoursal contexts. We report an experiment designed to test the informal observation that certain questions when realised with L*HH% will be perceived as ‘aggressive’ or ‘unfriendly’ by British English listeners, by Dutch listeners, when listening to utterances in their native language. By presenting intonationally manipulated speech in short dialogues we aimed to answer the question whether, and if so to what extent, the hypothesised differences between English and Dutch are reflected in listeners' judgements. The hypothesis was not confirmed by the data obtained in the perception experiment.


Cite as: Rietveld, T., Gussenhoven, C., Wichmann, A., Grabe, E. (1999) The communicative effects of rising and falling pitch accents in British English and Dutch. Proc. ETRW on Dialogue and Prosody, 111-116

@inproceedings{rietveld99_diapro,
  author={Toni Rietveld and Carlos Gussenhoven and Anne Wichmann and Esther Grabe},
  title={{The communicative effects of rising and falling pitch accents in British English and Dutch}},
  year=1999,
  booktitle={Proc. ETRW on Dialogue and Prosody},
  pages={111--116}
}