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Temporal Characteristics of the Pitch Contour, I

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On the basis of a simple sentence in Russian the dependence of the perception of sentence interrogation and logical stress on time parameters of the fundamental frequency contour has been investigated. Perception tests were used to establish the dependence of respective estimates on the position of the maximum of the fundamental frequency contour in respect to the sentence elements for the five different simplified pitch contours.

The dependence of estimates as to the position of the contour maximum is of a categorical nature and that dependence is correlated with the division of the sentence into words. No dependence of the estimates upon the division of the sentence into syllables and phonemes was detected. The results of the experiment showed that for the perception of the question at the end of the sentence it is necessary that the segment of the falling (or level) fundamental frequency contour should come after the rising of pitch contour. Essential differences were found in the perception of emphasis and interrogation depending on which word the stress fell.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1976

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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