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Nordic Prosody

Proceedings of the XIIth Conference, Trondheim 2016

Jardar Eggesbö Abrahamsen, Jacques Koreman and Wim van Dommelen

This volume contains articles based on the presentations given at the Nordic Prosody XII conference, which was held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway) in August 2016. The contributors investigate various prosodic aspects, including intonation, rhythm, speaking rate, intensity, and breathing, using approaches ranging from phonetic and phonological analysis to speech technology methods. While most of the studies examine read speech, some of them explore the prosodics of spontaneous speech. The languages that receive most attention are Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic as well as Estonian, Latgalian and Polish. In addition to the larger Nordic languages, several papers focus on regional languages spoken in these areas.

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Pitch in next-turn repetitions and original turns in Finland Swedish (Martina Huhtamäki)

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Martina Huhtamäki

Pitch in next-turn repetitions and original turns in Finland Swedish

Abstract: This paper presents a comparison of pitch in original turns and next-turn repetitions by another speaker in spontaneous speech. The original turns and repetition turns were extracted from recordings of interactions in Finland Swedish. The methods used are acoustic analysis and sequential analysis. 46 sequences of an original turn and a repetition turn were studied regarding pitch onset, pitch span, and pitch contour. The study shows that pitch span tends to be wider in repetition turns than in original turns. Pitch contours are mostly falling, which is expected in Finland Swedish. There were no significant results regarding pitch onset.

1. Introduction

This is a study on pitch in utterances where a person lexically repeats what another person just has said. These utterances are so-called next-turn repetitions by other. The study is part of a bigger project on the prosody of next-turn repetitions across five languages, in which we are studying the features pitch, speech rate, loudness, grammar, as well as the bodily behavior of the participants. The theoretical and methodological framework of the project is pragmatic and conversational typology (Dingemanse & Floyd, 2014). With our research, we hope to present new knowledge about how prosody can be used to signal the function of various turns, as well as about differences and similarities across the studied languages.

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