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On the specification of sentence initial F0-patterns in German


Alter,  Kai
Max Planck Research Group Neurocognition of Prosody, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Alter, K., & Pirker, H. (1997). On the specification of sentence initial F0-patterns in German. In Intonation: Theory, Models and Applications: Proceedings of an ESCA Workshop (pp. 25-28). Athens, Greece: ESCA.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-20FD-C
It is widely accepted that linguistic high level information like information structure (focus-background-division, topicalization) influences accent placement and accent type (rising, falling, hat pattern etc.) in German. Previous research was concentrated on tonal patterns associated with focus and topic ([1],[2]). We will demonstrate that 1) sentence initial tonal variation and 2) syllable duration depend on the location and the type of focus in the sentence. We assume that focussed material forms its own prosodic domain. Both prosodic parameters show a significant variation depending on whether they are associated with prosodic categories inside or outside of focussed domains.