A Preliminary study of Hindi intonation

Anuradha Sengar, Robert Mannell

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We present a study which investigates the phonological structure of Hindi declarative and interrogative tunes, using the autosegmental-metrical(AM) framework developed by Pierrehumbert [1] and others. This study finds that Hindi is an accentual phrase (AP) language and the AP is the smallest tonally marked unit which carries the pitch accent. The default pitch accent is found to be L*+H, a bitonal pitch accent. This study also finds that Hindi supports three types of phrasal tones, namely, accentual phrase (AP), intermediate phrase (ip) and intonational phrase (Ip). The Ip differentiates the different sentence types.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (14th : 2012) - Sydney
Duration: 3 Dec 20126 Dec 2012


  • Hindi intonation
  • accentual phrase
  • intermediate phrase
  • intonational phrase

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