Swedish word accents in a ‘confirmation’ context

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Abstract

An exploratory study on the prosodic signaling of ‘confirmation’ in Swedish is presented. Pairs of subjects read short dialogs, constructed around selected target words, in a conversational style. The target utterances were produced with a rising-falling intonation, lacking any typical ‘focal accent’ (FA). Qualitative observations and acoustic measurements reveal that the signaling of the word accent contrast appears to be, to a certain degree, optional in a confirmation context. The results support the view that no tonal target needs to be assumed for accent I, and further suggest that utterance-level prominence can be realized by other means than the FA.

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Authors
  • Gilbert Ambrazaitis
Organisations
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Keywords

  • Lund model, prosody, intonation, word accent, focal accent, neutralization
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Fonetik
Subtitle of host publicationSpeech, Music and Hearing Quarterly Progress and Status Report (TMH-QPSR), 50(1)
EditorsBjörn Granström, Anna Hjalmarsson, David House, Preben Wik
PublisherDepartment of Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, Stockholm
Pages49-52
Number of pages4
Volume50
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo
EventFonetik 2007 - KTH, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 2007 May 302007 Jun 1

Publication series

NameTMH-QPSR
Number1
Volume50
ISSN (Print)1104-5787

Conference

ConferenceFonetik 2007
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period2007/05/302007/06/01

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

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