Postponed pitch reset as a device for indicating dependency between utterances

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Speakers use prosodic means in order to group utterances together into larger units, speech para-graphs (Wichmann 2000). Even if phenomena related to paragraph intonation are well-documented in many languages, so far they have not been studied much in Finnish. This paper treats one essential aspect of paragraph intonation: the indication of dependency between utterances with the help of the so-called postponed pitch reset phenomenon. When this prosodic device is used, the onset of the new utterance is produced lower or on the same pitch level where the preceding one ends, but a subsequent syllable of the new utterance carries a raised pitch level (Wichmann 2000).
The main objective of the article consists of showing that the postponed pitch reset phenomenon can be found also in Finnish data, and that it is typically used to indicate dependency between utterances. In addition, the article aims at showing that in the written target text certain typographic features typically correspond to the occurrences of the postponed pitch reset. The data comes from two conference-like presentations interpreted by professional print interpreters. Methods of instrumental phonetics have been used in the analyses. Theoretically, the study is mainly based on Wichmann’s (2000) approach to discourse intonation. The paper is related to an interdisciplinary research project entitled “Print interpreting: process, comprehensibility, and technology”, funded by the Academy of Finland.
Bidragets titel på inmatningsspråkViivästynyt sävelkorkeuden nollaaminen keinona ilmaista riippuvuussuhdetta lausumien välillä
Titel på gästpublikationNordic Prosody: Proceedings of the XIth Conference, Tartu 2012 : Proceedings of the XIth Conference, Tartu 2012
RedaktörerEva Lina Asu, Pärtel Lippus
Antal sidor9
UtgivningsortFrankfurt am Main
FörlagPeter Lang
Utgivningsdatumjun 2013
ISBN (tryckt)978-3-631-64427-0
StatusPublicerad - jun 2013
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
EvenemangNordic Prosody XI - Tartto, Estland
Varaktighet: 15 aug 201217 aug 2012
Konferensnummer: 11


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