Prosodic correlates of attitudinally - varied back chan - nels in Japanese

Abstract

Attitudinally-varied back channel utterances were simulated by six professional voice actors for Japanese. Contrary to the general assumption that a pitch accent language like Japanese cannot vary the tonal configuration for attitudinal variation as in a stress/intonation language, all the speakers differentiated two kinds of tonal configurations. Further variation was achieved by phrasing utterances differently on pitch and timing dimensions, and by adding a rising or non-rising terminal contour.

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@inproceedings{NaganoMadsen2005ProsodicCO, title={Prosodic correlates of attitudinally - varied back chan - nels in Japanese}, author={Yasuko Nagano-Madsen and Takako Ayusawa}, year={2005} }