Reality and perception of stress-beat mismatches in German

Teresa Proto


This paper aims to contribute to the study of how prosody interacts with musical structures in songs by providing empirical data for German text-setting. The focus is on the way (primary) stressed syllables in words are aligned against the metrical (musical) grid in the 'Volkslieder'. Besides sketching a tentative typology of the kinds of prominence mismatches allowed in German, this study also explores the issue of how they are perceived by native speakers. The general goal is to gain insight into how the rhythmical and melodic features of language, namely stress, length and pitch, interact with equivalent structures in music, e.g. beats and intervals, thus adding to the discussion on the very nature of rhythm in language and its relationship to its musical cognate.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-112

Cite as: Proto, T. (2018) Reality and perception of stress-beat mismatches in German. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 552-556, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-112.


@inproceedings{Proto2018,
  author={Teresa Proto},
  title={Reality and perception of stress-beat mismatches in German},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={552--556},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-112},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-112}
}