Prosodic features of Finnish compound words

Päivi Virkkunen, Juraj Šimko, Heini Kallio, Martti Vainio

Linguistic focus is known to influence the the prosodic characteristics of syllables, (prosodic) words, as well as phrases and whole utterances. However, not much is known about the phonetic status of compound words, especially when they take part in signaling prosodic focus. In the current study we conducted a production experiment where a set of word pairs were read under three focus conditions: broad focus, and contrastive focus on either of the words in a pair. Moreover, the word pairs were produced either as a compound word or a phrase. Fundamental frequency, intensity and segmental durations were measured and compared between the different focus and phrase conditions. Results showed significant differences in the production of compound words and phrases in broad focus condition. Contrastive focus strongly affected the acoustic parameters, and those changes masked the word type differences that were found in the broad focus condition. Yet some changes in durational patterns remained also in narrow focus conditions.

 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-177

Cite as: Virkkunen, P., Šimko, J., Kallio, H., Vainio, M. (2018) Prosodic features of Finnish compound words. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 878-882, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-177.

  author={Päivi Virkkunen and Juraj Šimko and Heini Kallio and Martti Vainio},
  title={Prosodic features of Finnish compound words},
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},