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Units of intonation in discourse: a comparison of acoustic and auditory analyses.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1843524     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Measurements were made of the correspondence between acoustic (declination) units and auditory (intonation) units in American English conversation in an attempt to relate these two levels of description. The results showed that 99% of the acoustic unit boundaries coincided with auditory unit boundaries, indicating that the acoustic cues of F0 reset, pause, and speaker change used in defining the acoustic units were perceived, verifying the validity of both types of analyses. However, the units differed in scope, with many more auditory units occurring than acoustic units. This result suggests that the common practice of assuming the 'intonational phrase' to be the primary domain of prosodic phenomena such as declination does not adequately account for our data of larger periods of speech. Both acoustic and auditory analysis are needed for a satisfactory description of intonation. The establishment of a methodological connecting link between the acoustic and auditory dimensions suggests that further comparisons of such different data types may yield guidelines for regularizing the relationship between the two levels.
S Schuetze-Coburn; M Shapley; E G Weber
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Language and speech     Volume:  34 ( Pt 3)     ISSN:  0023-8309     ISO Abbreviation:  Lang Speech     Publication Date:    1991 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-03-02     Completed Date:  1993-03-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985214R     Medline TA:  Lang Speech     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  207-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of California, Los Angeles.
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MeSH Terms
Auditory Perception
Speech Acoustics*
Speech Perception*
Speech Production Measurement

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