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Constant Tonal Alignment in Swedish Word Accent II

Svensson, Malin LU (2013) SPVR02 20122
General Linguistics
Master's Programme: Language and Linguistics
Abstract
Studies on accentual tonal alignment of intonational languages suggest a segmental anchoring of tonal targets, more specifically that L in rising (LH) pre-nuclear accents anchors with a specific point in the segment, while the timing of H varies. This study tests if lexical accents, too, exhibit a constant alignment by testing the South Swedish word Accent II using speech rate as an experimental tool. When under the strain of tempo variability the L-target was shown not to be anchored with syllable onset, while the H-target anchored close to syllable offset. This could mean that H is an important phonological event in Accent II, while L is not. Further studies are suggested on the following L-target. Results suggest further that additional... (More)
Studies on accentual tonal alignment of intonational languages suggest a segmental anchoring of tonal targets, more specifically that L in rising (LH) pre-nuclear accents anchors with a specific point in the segment, while the timing of H varies. This study tests if lexical accents, too, exhibit a constant alignment by testing the South Swedish word Accent II using speech rate as an experimental tool. When under the strain of tempo variability the L-target was shown not to be anchored with syllable onset, while the H-target anchored close to syllable offset. This could mean that H is an important phonological event in Accent II, while L is not. Further studies are suggested on the following L-target. Results suggest further that additional factors such as individual speaker strategies and effects of speech rate should be taken into account in future studies. (Less)
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author
Svensson, Malin LU
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SPVR02 20122
year
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
tonal alignment, segmental anchoring, word accent, pre-nuclear accent, speech rate
language
English
id
3526777
date added to LUP
2013-02-26 09:42:49
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  abstract     = {Studies on accentual tonal alignment of intonational languages suggest a segmental anchoring of tonal targets, more specifically that L in rising (LH) pre-nuclear accents anchors with a specific point in the segment, while the timing of H varies. This study tests if lexical accents, too, exhibit a constant alignment by testing the South Swedish word Accent II using speech rate as an experimental tool. When under the strain of tempo variability the L-target was shown not to be anchored with syllable onset, while the H-target anchored close to syllable offset. This could mean that H is an important phonological event in Accent II, while L is not. Further studies are suggested on the following L-target. Results suggest further that additional factors such as individual speaker strategies and effects of speech rate should be taken into account in future studies.},
  author       = {Svensson, Malin},
  keyword      = {tonal alignment,segmental anchoring,word accent,pre-nuclear accent,speech rate},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Constant Tonal Alignment in Swedish Word Accent II},
  year         = {2013},
}