ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

Rhythm and Stress Intervals in Greek and Russian

Antonis Botinis (1), Marios Fourakis (2), Olga Nikolaenkova (1)

(1) Department of Linguistics, University of Athens, Greece
(2) Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

This paper presents the results of a pilot study of stress interval durations in Greek and Russian. Native speakers of each language were recorded producing utterances in which the number of syllables between stressed syllables varied. The results showed a noticeable tendency towards isochrony in Greek but not in Russian, according to which there is an inverse relation between the number of syllables and syllabic durations in produced utterances. Second, lexical stress has a lengthening effect in Greek but hardly in Russian, while focus has no effect in either language.

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Bibliographic reference.  Botinis, Antonis / Fourakis, Marios / Nikolaenkova, Olga (2008): "Rhythm and stress intervals in Greek and Russian", In ExLing-2008, 41-44.