Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., Voice quality and f0 in prosody: towards a holistic account, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Speech Prosody, Nara, Japan, March 23-26, 2004, 189 - 196
This paper presents a discussion of the role of voice quality in
prosody. Illustrations from past production and perception
data by the authors indicate that source parameters other than
f0 are an inherent part of prosody, implicated in both its linguistic
and paralinguistic functions. While prosodic (intonational)
analyses of a language tend to be largely presented in
terms of f0 dynamics, the argument here is for an integrative
approach, where f0 and voice quality – two dimensions of the
voice source – are treated together, and are related to the temporal/
rhythmic structure of utterances. This should yield a
fuller understanding of the nature of prosody and of the underlying
production and perceptual correlates of prosodic elements
such as pitch accent, declination, focus, phrase boundaries,
etc. Such an approach may also serve to bring together
the currently fragmented accounts of two core aspects of prosodic
functioning: its role in signalling (i) linguistic, contrastive
and discourse-related information and (ii) in communicating
speaker affect, i.e. mood, emotional state and attitude.
While the illustrations presented here provide initial hypotheses,
a newly initiated project on Irish prosody will seek to
incorporate such a holistic approach to prosodic analysis.
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