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Pitch accent, eyebrows and context - effects on the exhaustivity of answers?

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

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Ma, Q.:
6th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2012. Proceedings. Vol.1 : Shanghai, May 22-25, 2012
Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-7-5608-4869-3
International Conference on Speech Prosody <6, 2012, Shanghai>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer FKIE ()

We describe an interpretation study on the effect of accentuation, eyebrow movement and context on the exhaustive interpretation of answers. Our material consists of video recordings of nine German speakers who read dialogues with embedded question-answer pairs in which the answer constituted the pragmatic focus of the utterance. For the dialogues we varied the context regarding (un)certainty and (non-)exhaustivity of the answer. The material was presented to 45 subjects, the focus interpretation was tested by presenting pictures showing the (non-)exhaustive reading. In the current analysis we concentrate on a coordination of two noun phrases functioning as focus constituents. When using the pictures showing the nonexhaustive reading, our data show that the influence of the audiovisual prosody is less evident than the contextual influence.