The Contribution of Tonal Scaling to the Perception of Politeness in Catalan

@inproceedings{Nadeu2010TheCO,
  title={The Contribution of Tonal Scaling to the Perception of Politeness in Catalan},
  author={Marianna Nadeu and Pilar Prieto},
  year={2010}
}
It has been proposed in the literature that prosody plays a role in the expression of politeness. The present paper attempts to explore the contribution of tonal scaling to the expression of paralinguistic meanings. More specifically, it examines the relationship between pitch height and the degree of perceived politeness in yes–no questions in Central Catalan. Studies on the biologically–determined use of pitch (Gussenhoven, 2002; Nilsenova, 2006; Ohala, 1984, 1996) claim that high or rising… CONTINUE READING