Intonation Patterns in Nepali Feedback Units

Abstract

This paper analyzes the intonation patterns of Nepali Feedback units. Both eliciting and giving feedback units with basic, acceptance and additional level function have been collected from a spoken language corpus. The excerpts have been taken from transcriptions of 35 recordings, along with their audio files from 11 different social activities with both male and female participants, a total of 95 participants. Xaira and Adobe Audition were used to collect, convert and extract the excerpts and PRAAT was used to get the intonation pattern and annotate the sample examples. The study has found that rising intonation is used in all feedback eliciting units and in units where feedback has a giving non-accept function. All the other feedback giving units in Nepali have a falling intonation pattern. However, when these units function as turn holders they have rising intonation. 1

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