Prosody in first-generation adult immigrants and second-generation heritage-language users: the timing of prenuclear rising accents

Ineke Mennen, Denise Chousi


Our study examines the extent to which successive generations of Greek speakers in Austria show similarities or differences in the timing of prenuclear rises in Greek. Three first-generation adult immigrants from Greece, and three second-generation Austrian born adult heritage-language users read out a set of sentences in Greek. Two Austrian and two Greek monolingual control speakers read out a set of sentences in their respective native languages. Measurements of the timing of the start and end of the rise were taken in Praat. Results show that Greek and Austrian German differ in the timing of the start of the rise (which begins well into the stressed vowel of the prenuclear target word in Austrian, and just before the onset consonant of the prenuclear target word’s stressed syllable in Greek), but not in the end of the rise. The findings for the first-generation immigrants show evidence of L1 attrition, with a later alignment of the start of the rise compared to the Greek monolingual controls. The second-generation heritage speakers showed similar values to the first-generation speakers. Both groups were observed to produce intermediate values between the Greek and Austrian monolingual control groups.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-167

Cite as: Mennen, I., Chousi, D. (2018) Prosody in first-generation adult immigrants and second-generation heritage-language users: the timing of prenuclear rising accents. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 828-832, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-167.


@inproceedings{Mennen2018,
  author={Ineke Mennen and Denise Chousi},
  title={Prosody in first-generation adult immigrants and second-generation heritage-language users: the timing of prenuclear rising accents},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={828--832},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-167},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-167}
}