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Differences of Pitch Profiles in Germanic and Slavic Languages

  • This study investigates cross-language differences in pitch range and variation in four languages from two language groups: English and German (Germanic) and Bulgarian and Polish (Slavic). The analysis is based on large multi-speaker corpora (48 speakers for Polish, 60 for each of the other three languages). Linear mixed models were computed that include various distributional measures of pitch level, span and variation, revealing characteristic differences across languages and between language groups. A classification experiment based on the relevant parameter measures (span, kurtosis and skewness values for pitch distributions for each speaker) succeeded in separating the language groups.

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Author:Bistra Andreeva, Grazyna Demenko, Bernd Möbius, Frank Zimmerer, Jeanin Jügler, Magdalena Oleskowicz-Popiel
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of Interspeech 2014. 15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Singapore. September 14-18, 2014
Publisher:International Speech Communication Association
Place of publication:Baixas
Editor:Haizhou Li, Helen Meng, Bin Ma, Eng Siong Chng, Lei Xie
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2014
Date of Publication (online):2017/02/27
Tag:British English; Bulgarian; German; Polish; cross-language differences; pitch range; pitch variation
GND Keyword:Bulgarisch; Deutsch; Englisch; Fremdsprachenlernen; Polnisch; Tonhöhe
First Page:1307
Last Page:1311
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt