The prosodic marking of rhetorical questions in German

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WOCHNER, Daniela, Jana SCHLEGEL, Nicole DEHÉ, Bettina BRAUN, 2015. The prosodic marking of rhetorical questions in German. Interspeech 2015 : 16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Dresden, Sep 6, 2015 - Sep 10, 2015. In: Interspeech 2015 : 16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. ISCA Archive, pp. 987-991

@inproceedings{Wochner2015proso-33220, title={The prosodic marking of rhetorical questions in German}, url={http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/interspeech_2015/i15_0987.html}, year={2015}, publisher={ISCA Archive}, booktitle={Interspeech 2015 : 16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association}, pages={987--991}, author={Wochner, Daniela and Schlegel, Jana and Dehé, Nicole and Braun, Bettina} }

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