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Audiovisual congruence and pragmatic focus marking

 
: Wollermann, C.; Schröder, B.; Schade, U.

International Speech Communication Association -ISCA-:
11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2010. Vol.2 : Makuhari, Chiba, Japan, 26 - 30 September 2010
Red Hook, NY: Curran, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-617-82123-3
pp.1137-1140
International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (INTERSPEECH) <11, 2010, Makuhari>
English
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer FKIE

Abstract
This paper presents an empirical study on the interplay between audio and visual information for pragmatic focus marking. Nine German speakers were instructed to read dialogues with embedded question-answer pairs and varied context regarding certainty and exhaustivity. Results show that H * accompanied by a raising of eyebrows or head occurs significantly more often for the context intended to advantage uncertainty and non-exhaustivity. Furthermore, when two noun phrases are coordinated, a higher number of audiovisually equivalent realizations occur for the context intended to advantage certainty and ex-haustivity, whereas audiovisually incongruent cues occur more often for the context intended to advantage uncertainty and non-exhaustivity.

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