Gender differences in the prosody of German questions

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Based on enacted dialogues of 60 native speakers, the present study shows that males and females differ in their prosodic realization of lexically and syntactically marked questions in German. Frequency counts of final rises and falls, as well as measurements of mean F0, speaking rate, and intensity levels suggest that males rather than females are more polite, open, and amenable – i.e. overall more hearer oriented – when asking questions. This applies most clearly to syntactically marked questions, i.e. when male speakers ask their dialogue partner to make decisions or confirm pieces of information. Female speakers show signs of hearer orientation in whquestions, i.e. when it comes to requesting explanations or justifications from the dialogue partner
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland
RedaktørerMaria Wolters, Judy Livingstone, Bernie Beattie, Rachel Smith, Mike MacMahon, Jane Stuart-Smith, Jim Scobbie
Antal sider5
Udgivelses stedLondon
ForlagInternational Phonetic Association
Publikationsdato2015
Sider1-5
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-85261-941-4
StatusUdgivet - 2015
Begivenhed18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Glasgow, Storbritannien
Varighed: 10. aug. 201514. aug. 2015

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Konference18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
LandStorbritannien
ByGlasgow
Periode10/08/201514/08/2015
NavnProceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
ISSN0074-414X

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Niebuhr, O. (2015). Gender differences in the prosody of German questions. I M. Wolters, J. Livingstone, B. Beattie, R. Smith, M. MacMahon, J. Stuart-Smith, & J. Scobbie (red.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland (s. 1-5). London: International Phonetic Association. Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Niebuhr, Oliver. / Gender differences in the prosody of German questions. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland. red. / Maria Wolters ; Judy Livingstone ; Bernie Beattie ; Rachel Smith ; Mike MacMahon ; Jane Stuart-Smith ; Jim Scobbie. London : International Phonetic Association, 2015. s. 1-5 (Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences).
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Niebuhr, O 2015, Gender differences in the prosody of German questions. i M Wolters, J Livingstone, B Beattie, R Smith, M MacMahon, J Stuart-Smith & J Scobbie (red), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland. International Phonetic Association, London, Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, s. 1-5, 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Storbritannien, 10/08/2015.

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Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland. red. / Maria Wolters; Judy Livingstone; Bernie Beattie; Rachel Smith; Mike MacMahon; Jane Stuart-Smith; Jim Scobbie. London : International Phonetic Association, 2015. s. 1-5 (Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences).

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Niebuhr O. Gender differences in the prosody of German questions. I Wolters M, Livingstone J, Beattie B, Smith R, MacMahon M, Stuart-Smith J, Scobbie J, red., Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland. London: International Phonetic Association. 2015. s. 1-5. (Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences).