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Comparison of Pitch Range and Pitch Variation in Slavic and Germanic Languages

  • This study presents the results of a large-scale comparison of various measures of pitch range and pitch variation in two Slavic (Bulgarian and Polish) and two Germanic (German and British English) languages. The productions of twenty-two speakers per language (eleven male and eleven female) in two different tasks (read passages and number sets) are compared. Significant differences between the language groups are found: German and English speakers use lower pitch maxima, narrower pitch span, and generally less variable pitch than Bulgarian and Polish speakers. These findings support the hypothesis that inguistic communities tend to be characterized by particular pitch profiles.
Author:Bistra Andreeva, Grazyna Demenko, Magdalena Wolska, Bernd Möbius, Frank Zimmerer, Jeanin Jügler, Magdalena Oleskowicz-Popiel, Jürgen Trouvain
Parent Title (English):Proceedings to the 7th Speech Prosody Conference. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. May 20-23, 2014
Publisher:International Speech Communication Association
Place of publication:Baixas
Editor:Nick Campbell, Dafydd Gibbon, Daniel Hirst
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:Akustische Phonetik; Bulgarisch; Deutsch; Englisch; Polnisch; Tonhöhe
First Page:776
Last Page:780
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG