ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1997
ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1997

Perception of questions and statements in Neapolitan Italian

Mariapaola D'Imperio, David House

This paper addresses the problem of the perception of two different pitch accents in Italian which signal two utterance types (interrogative and declarative). The questions asked concern whether the major perceptual cue to this category distinction involves only the temporal alignment of the high level target with the syllable or if the category percept also depends on the presence of a rising or falling melodic movement within the syllable nucleus. The results show that the primary perceptual cue for questions is a rise through the vowel, while the primary cue for statements is a fall through the vowel. The results bear upon a general theory of intonation and our understanding of intonation in Italian as well as on current models of tonal perception in speech.


doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-90

Cite as: D'Imperio, M., House, D. (1997) Perception of questions and statements in Neapolitan Italian. Proc. 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1997), 251-254, doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-90

@inproceedings{dimperio97_eurospeech,
  author={Mariapaola D'Imperio and David House},
  title={{Perception of questions and statements in Neapolitan Italian}},
  year=1997,
  booktitle={Proc. 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1997)},
  pages={251--254},
  doi={10.21437/Eurospeech.1997-90},
  issn={1018-4074}
}