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Temporal Characteristics of the Pitch Contour, II

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The results obtained in the experiment of the preceding paper have been analyzed here. It has been found out that in the perception of logical stress it is essential to know the position of the second derivative maximum of the fundamental frequency contour in respect to the beginning of the word in a sentence. For the perception of a question in the sentence it is necessary that the frequency peak and the centre of the time interval with a higher pitch (i.e. the centre between the two minima of the second derivative of the frequency curve) be simultaneously present in the middle of the word. Rules have been provided for determining the perceptibility of emphasis and interrogation depending on the temporal characteristics of the pitch contour.

The experiment with the control material showed that the rules can be applied to simple sentences that differ both in phonemic structure and in the position of word stress from the sentence on the basis of which the rules had been found. Nevertheless the expansion of the field for the use of these rules requires further investigation.
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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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