Pitch accent type matters for online processing of information status : Evidence from natural and synthetic speech

  title={Pitch accent type matters for online processing of information status : Evidence from natural and synthetic speech},
  author={Aoju Chen and OS ELSDEN and Jan Peter de Ruiter},
Adopting an eyetracking paradigm, we investigated the role of H*L, L*HL, L*H, H*LH, and deaccentuation at the intonational phrase-final position in online processing of information status in British English in natural speech. The role of H*L, L*H and deaccentuation was also examined in diphonesynthetic speech. It was found that H*L and L*HL create a strong bias towards newness, whereas L*H, like deaccentuation, creates a strong bias towards givenness. In synthetic speech, the same effect was… CONTINUE READING
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