Effects of Focus on f0 across Four Varieties of Donegal Irish

Amelie Dorn, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide


This paper reports on the effects of three types of focus, broad (bf), narrow (nf) and contrastive (cf), on tonal patterns and pitch accent scaling in focal, pre-focal and post-focal constituents across four varieties (RF, BF, GCC, RG) of Donegal Irish (DI). The analysis was carried out on a controlled data set where the three focus conditions (bf, nf, cf) were elicited on each of the three potentially accentable syllables (A1, A2, A3) in separate iterations of a phrase. Results suggest that the same pitch accent types is used for realising nf and cf. Across the four varieties, the preferred focal pitch accent is the low rise (L*+H) in bf, nf and cf, except in the RG variety where the fall (H*+L) occurred more frequently when focus was realised on the phrase-initial syllable (fA1). The low rise (L*+H), however, was still a second choice. In terms of pitch accent scaling, focal accents show larger f0 excursions, while post-focal constituents are typically de-accented. This is the case for all of the four DI varieties.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-150

Cite as: Dorn, A., Chasaide, A.N. (2018) Effects of Focus on f0 across Four Varieties of Donegal Irish. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 739-743, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-150.


@inproceedings{Dorn2018,
  author={Amelie Dorn and Ailbhe Ní Chasaide},
  title={Effects of Focus on f0 across Four Varieties of Donegal Irish},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={739--743},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-150},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-150}
}