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The communicative function of "sì" in Italian and "ja" in Swedish: an acoustic analysis
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Speech Communication and Technology.
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of Fonetik 2005 / [ed] Anders Eriksson, Jonas Lindh, Göteborg: Göteborg University , 2005, 41-44 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The results of an acoustic analysis and a perceptual evaluation of the role of prosody inspontaneously produced “ja” and “sì” in Swedish and Italian are reported and discussedin this paper. The hypothesis is that pitch contour, duration cues and relative intensity can beuseful in the identification of the different communicative functions of these short expressions taken out of their context. The results of the perceptual tests run to verify whether the acoustic cues alone can be used to distinguish different functions of the same lexical items are encouraging only for Italian “sí”, while for Swedish “ja” they show some confusions among the different categories.

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Göteborg: Göteborg University , 2005. 41-44 p.
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Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-51879ISBN: 91-973895-9-5OAI: diva2:465173
Fonetik 2005, the XVIIIth Swedish Phonetics Conference, May 25-27 2005, Göteborg
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