Frank Kügler

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A production study is presented that investigates the effects of word order and information structural context on the prosodic realization of declarative sentences in Hindi. Previous work on Hindi intonation has shown that: (i) non-final content words bear rising pitch accents (Moore 1965, Dyrud 2001, Nair 1999); (ii) focused constituents show greater pitch(More)
Neuropsychological and neuroimaging data have shown a functional lateralization of the medial temporal lobes for verbal and non-verbal memory material respectively. We hypothesized that this lateralization is related to language lateralization. Using fMRI we conducted three memory tasks with different memory material (words, faces, landscape images)(More)
This production study examines the prosodic means of encoding contrast in Hindi. Different target words were embedded in carrier sentences and were put in two information structural contexts, wide and contrastive focus. Contrary to what is expected from earlier findings Hindi uses prosodic means of expressing contrast on the focused word, namely an increase(More)
The aim of the present paper is to collect quantitative data on durational patterns of target words in different information structure conditions. The acoustic data will be the basis for the manipulation of stimuli to conduct perception tests that will deal with the role of duration as a correlate of focus prominence. For that purpose, a production study is(More)
This paper presents newly developed guidelines for prosodic annotation of German as a consensus system agreed upon by German intonologists. The DIMA system is rooted in the framework of autosegmental-metrical phonology. One important goal of the consensus is to make exchanging data between groups easier since German intonation is currently annotated(More)
Data from lesser-studied languages help to delineate parameters of typological variation. The paper presents experimental work on prosodic marking of information structure in selected African languages. The languages investigated exemplify the cross-linguistic variety found in prosodic focus marking by either lacking marking of information structure by(More)
Recent studies have shown that ability to recognize an imitated voice is affected by topic and familiarity with the person being imitated. The signal detection methods used in those studies give no specific information about the distribution of non matching positive responses (false alarms) amongst voices used as distracters (foils). This paper shows that(More)
Previous work has shown that speakers and listeners efficiently exploit prosodic information to make the meaning of syntactically ambiguous sentences explicit. However, quantifiable phonetic properties of prosody in speech production (segmental duration, pause duration and fundamental frequency (f0)) stand in a complex relationship to the percept they(More)
Using the artificial language paradigm, we studied the acquisition of morphophonemic alternations with exceptions by 160 German adult learners. We tested the acquisition of two types of alternations in two regularity conditions while additionally varying length of training. In the first alternation, a vowel harmony, backness of the stem vowel determines(More)