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ERIC Number: EJ850914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Pitch Cues for the Recognition of Yes-No Questions in French
Vion, Monique; Colas, Annie
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v35 n5 p427-445 Sep 2006
Linguistic studies of the intonation of Yes-No questions in French show that, in questions containing more than two stress groups, interrogative intonation is characterized by a sequence of lowered pitches or downstepped tones which precede the final rise. The gating paradigm was used here to determine whether subjects listening to French NP utterances containing three stress groups could indicate whether the utterance was an statement or a question before the final rise was heard. Although the task was difficult, findings indicate that listeners can in fact to a certain extent, recognize with mid confidence ratings, the intonational device of a question while they were hearing the downstepped tones preceding the final rise.
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Language: English
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