The prosody of contrastive topics in Southern Swedish

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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.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • intonation, pragmatics, information structure, pitch accent
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings FONETIK 2012 : The XXVth Swedish Phonetics Conference, May 30–June 1, 2012
EditorsAnders Eriksson, Åsa Abelin
PublisherUniversity of Gothenburg
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-91-637-0985-2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
EventFONETIK 2012 : - The XXVth Swedish Phonetics Conference - Göteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 2012 May 302012 Jun 1


ConferenceFONETIK 2012

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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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