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Can you draw me a question?



Poster for the 2nd Prosody Visualisation Challenge (PVC2)
F0 (Hz)
Periodic energy
F0 (Hz)
Periodic energy
Can you draw me a question?
F0 (Hz)
Periodic energy
Periograms:Modulating F0 trajectories with
corresponding periodic energy to reflect gradual
strength of pitch perception [1,2]
Sources: (main+image) Morning Joe, MSNBC 2014; (top) Glenn Beck,
Fox News 2009; (bottom) Morning Joe, MSNBC 2013.
Projecting controversy
Bird pattern
: global F0 fall + global rise
Sources: (main+image) Washington Journal, CSPAN 2015; (top) Right This
Minute, Fox KTVU 2015; (bottom) San Francisco Government TV, 2012.
Polite preliminary (request)
Global rising F0
Aviad Albert, Francesco Cangemi and Martine Grice (L-Phonetik, University of Cologne)
Floor taking (attention grab)
Initial local F0 rise + global fall
Sources: (main+image) Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News 2019; (top)
Morning Joe, MSNBC 2012; (bottom) Morning Joe, MSNBC 2009.
Motivation:Conventional fixed expressions
and catchphrases rely on prosody to communicate
systematic functionality, as well as uniqueness
Conclusions:By emphasising the relation between F0 and
periodic energy, periograms can intuitively display different
phonetic realisations of the same phrase in different interactional
settings, while accounting for pervasive syllabic reduction in
naturally occurring speech [6,7].
Periograms of spontaneous speech indicate that tonal events
might not have to be associated to canonical syllables as docking
sites, paving the way for an intonational phonology of
spontaneous speech [8,9].
References: [1] Deshmukh, O., C. Y. Espy-Wilson, A. Salomon & J. Singh.2005.Use of
temporal information:Detection of periodicity, aperiodicity, and pitch in speech.IEEE Transa cti on s on
Speech and Audio Processing 13 (5): 776-786. [2] Albert, A., F. Cangemi, M. Grice.2018.Using
periodic energy to enrich acoustic representations of pitch in speech: A demonstration.Proceedings
of the 9th Speech Prosody Conference,June 2018,Poznan. [3] Schegloff,E.A.1980.Preliminaries to
preliminaries:‘Can Iask you aquestion?’.Sociological Inquiry 50:104152. [4] TV News Archive (2012).,accessed July 2019. [5] Winter, B., M. Perlman & T. Matlock.2013.Using
space to talk and gesture about numbers:Evidence from the TV News Archive.Gesture 13(3): 377-408.
[6] Ernestus, M., N. Warner (eds.) 2011.Speech Reduction.Journal of Phonetics 39(3): 253-452. [7]
Cangemi, F., M. Clayards,O.Niebuhr, B. Schuppler,M.Zellers (Eds.) 2018.Rethinking reduction:
Interdisciplinary perspectives on conditions, mechanisms, and domains for phonetic variation.Berlin:
De Gruyter Mouton. [8] Cangemi, F., A. Albert, M. Grice.2019.Modelling intonation:Beyond
segments and tonal targets.Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences,
August 2019,Melbourne. [9] Ward,N.G.2019.Prosodic Patterns in English Conversation.Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
Data: Naturally occurring ‘can I ask you a question?’ [3] from the TV News Archive [4,5] and as a unique catchphrase
Source: Alaska's Can I Asssk You A Question -
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 Grand Finale, World of
Wonder 2016.
Trademark rendition, using
prosody to achieve uniqueness
F0 (Hz)
Periodic energy
Prosody Visualisation Challenge 2 (ICPhS 2019, Melbourne Australia)
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This paper examines naturally occurring gestures produced in descriptions of numbers and quantities in television newscasts. The results of our analysis show that gestures reveal the metaphorical and spatial nature of numerical thinking. That is, speakers’ hands mimic known spatial mappings between space and quantity, including horizontal mappings (smaller quantities left, larger quantities right), vertical mappings (smaller quantities down, larger quantities up) and size-based mappings (smaller quantities “small”, larger quantities “large”). Speakers frequently switch between these different spatial mappings, and they sometimes combine them within the same gesture. This points to the flexibility of how metaphors can become expressed in gesture, and how domains such as number and quantity can be conceptualized through multiple compatible source domains.
Rethinking reduction: Interdisciplinary perspectives on conditions, mechanisms, and domains for phonetic variation
  • F Cangemi
  • M Clayards
  • O Niebuhr
  • B Cangemi
  • A Albert
  • M Grice
Cangemi, F., M. Clayards, O. Niebuhr, B. Schuppler, M. Zellers (Eds.) 2018. Rethinking reduction: Interdisciplinary perspectives on conditions, mechanisms, and domains for phonetic variation. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. [8] Cangemi, F., A. Albert, M. Grice. 2019. Modelling intonation: Beyond segments and tonal targets. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, August 2019, Melbourne. [9] Ward, N. G. 2019. Prosodic Patterns in English Conversation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.