Rising intonation in spontaneous French: How well can continuation statements and polar questions be distinguished?
Valtersson, E., & Torreira, F.
Rising intonation in spontaneous French: How well can continuation statements and polar questions be distinguished? In N. Campbell, D. Gibbon, & D. Hirst (Eds.
), Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2014
This study investigates whether a clear distinction can be made
between the prosody of continuation statements and polar
questions in conversational French, which are both typically
produced with final rising intonation. We show that the two
utterance types can be distinguished over chance level by
several pitch, duration, and intensity cues. However, given the
substantial amount of phonetic overlap and the nature of the
observed differences between the two utterance types (i.e.
overall F0 scaling, final intensity drop and degree of final
lengthening), we propose that variability in the phonetic detail
of intonation rises in French is due to the effects of
interactional factors (e.g. turn-taking context, type of speech
act) rather than to the existence of two distinct rising
intonation contour types in this language.