Word final aspiration as a phrase boundary cue: Data from spontaneous Swedish discourse

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The Swedish sound string /at/ (graphically: att) is associated with two grammatical functions: a) (part of) a subordinate conjunction and b) as an infinitive marker. Previous studies connect final lengthening and pauses with prosodic and syntactic boundaries in spoken discourse. Following these findings, this pilot study, with 5 short spontaneous discourses from 3 male speakers shows a correlation between pauses after att, and aspiration of /t/ in att. We also show a tendency for att with aspiration to be associated with the grammatical function of subordinate conjunction. Further, looking at the distribution of aspiration in the subordinate conjunction att, and in the infinitive marker att, we are able to show a tendency for the infinitive marker to be unaspirated in the normal case, while the subordinate conjunctions are characterized by final aspiration in 40 % of the cases.


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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • aspiration, prosody, phrase boundary, prosodic boundary
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Eurospeech 2001
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch
EventEUROSPEECH 2001 - Aalborg
Duration: 2001 Sep 3 → …

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1018-4074


ConferenceEUROSPEECH 2001
Period2001/09/03 → …

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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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