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The prosody of contrastive topics in Southern Swedish

Ambrazaitis, Gilbert LU and Frid, Johan LU (2012) FONETIK 2012 In Proceedings FONETIK 2012 : The XXVth Swedish Phonetics Conference, May 30–June 1, 2012 p.1-4
Abstract
This paper presents a pilot study on the prosodic marking of a contrastive topic in Southern Swedish. A test sentence was elicited in three experimental conditions: initial focus; final focus; contrastive topic (initial word) plus focus (final word). F0 patterns were analysed in recordings of 10 speakers. A majority of the speakers distinguished clearly between the conditions, but speakers employed different strategies. The most common one involved modifying the range and/or level of the F0 patterns given by the lexical pitch accents. Another frequent strategy involved a rising pitch accent on the initial word, where the lexical pitch accent would normally stipulate a fall. This result was unexpected and indicates that Southern Swedish... (More)
This paper presents a pilot study on the prosodic marking of a contrastive topic in Southern Swedish. A test sentence was elicited in three experimental conditions: initial focus; final focus; contrastive topic (initial word) plus focus (final word). F0 patterns were analysed in recordings of 10 speakers. A majority of the speakers distinguished clearly between the conditions, but speakers employed different strategies. The most common one involved modifying the range and/or level of the F0 patterns given by the lexical pitch accents. Another frequent strategy involved a rising pitch accent on the initial word, where the lexical pitch accent would normally stipulate a fall. This result was unexpected and indicates that Southern Swedish sentence intonation might be more complex than typically assumed. (Less)
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intonation, pragmatics, information structure, pitch accent
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Proceedings FONETIK 2012 : The XXVth Swedish Phonetics Conference, May 30–June 1, 2012
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Eriksson, Anders and Abelin, Åsa
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4 pages
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University of Gothenburg
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FONETIK 2012
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978-91-637-0985-2
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Function- and production-based modeling of Swedish prosody
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English
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  author       = {Ambrazaitis, Gilbert and Frid, Johan},
  editor       = {Eriksson, Anders and Abelin, Åsa},
  isbn         = {978-91-637-0985-2},
  keyword      = {intonation,pragmatics,information structure,pitch accent},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1--4},
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  series       = {Proceedings FONETIK 2012 : The XXVth Swedish Phonetics Conference, May 30–June 1, 2012},
  title        = {The prosody of contrastive topics in Southern Swedish},
  year         = {2012},
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