Alignment of pitch and articulation rate
Canberra, Australia : Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
InCalhoun, S.; Escudero, P.; Tabain, M. (ed.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, pp. 2690-2694
ICPhS2019, 5 augustus 2019
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Calhoun, S.; Escudero, P.; Tabain, M. (ed.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
SubjectLanguage & Communication; Psycholinguistics; Speech Comprehension
Previous studies have shown that speakers align their speech to each other at multiple linguistic levels. This study investigates whether alignment is mostly the result of priming from the immediately preceding speech materials, focussing on pitch and articulation rate (AR). Native Dutch speakers completed sentences, first by themselves (pre-test), then in alternation with Confederate 1 (Round 1), with Confederate 2 (Round 2), with Confederate 1 again (Round 3), and lastly by themselves again (post-test). Results indicate that participants aligned to the confederates and that this alignment lasted during the post-test. The confederates' directly preceding sentences were not good predictors for the participants’ pitch and AR. Overall, the results indicate that alignment is more of a global effect than a local priming effect.
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