Article published in:Linguistics in the Netherlands 2012
Edited by Marion Elenbaas and Suzanne Aalberse
[Linguistics in the Netherlands 29] 2012
► pp. 55–67
Can speech pitch perception be measured language-independently?
Recently, a test battery was developed with the goal of assessing perception of F 0 in linguistic, but language-independent, contexts by listeners from different language backgrounds. Test validation using Dutch, Italian and Romanian listeners generally showed comparable performance. In this study we present cross-language results on how F 0 contributes to prominence perception in Dutch (a Germanic language) and Italian and Romanian (Romance languages), as well as on how F 0 trades off with duration, a second important cue to prominence. We discuss implications of these results for the language-independent set-up of the test battery.
Keywords: cue trading, prominence marking, pitch perception
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Published online: 02 November 2012