Pragmatic and attitudinal meanings of pitch patterns
in German syntactically marked questions

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1. Original utterance: sequence of two question-word questions.

"Wie sieht es bei Ihnen aus? Wann haben Sie dann Zeit, daß wir uns noch mal besuchen können?" ("how is your timetable? when are you free so that we can visit each other again?")
Reference: g102a000; female speaker: UTB; original: final falling pattern.
Play the original utterance.

2. Resynthesis of the final patterns: from falling to rising.
2.1. Resynthesis of the first question: "Wie sieht es bei Ihnen aus?"

 
The following figure presents:

Play original: early peak with final fall

Play resynthesis: late valley
 
 
2.2. Resynthesis of the second question: "Wann haben Sie dann Zeit, daß wir uns noch mal besuchen können?"
 
The following figure presents:

Play original: two final early peaks

Play resynthesis: two final late valleys
 

3. Sequences of both questions.

Play original: three early peaks with final falls

Play first resynthesis: three final late valleys

Play second resynthesis: early peak followed by two late valleys

Play third resynthesis: late valley followed by two early peaks
 
 
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