ExLing 2010 - Third Workshop on Experimental Linguistics

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2010

Boundary-Related Durations in Modern Greek

Evia Kainada

Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh, UK
Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, UK

This paper investigates the influence of prosodic boundary strength on the temporal organisation of speech. It tests whether Modern Greek (MG) exhibits pre- and postboundary lengthening, and whether the lengthening effect decays gradually the further away from the boundary, or is attracted to stressed syllables, even if those are not in the proximity of the boundary. It is shown that MG exhibits pre-boundary lengthening, which is at its strongest on the pre-boundary syllable, followed in strength by the stressed syllable, and is least pronounced on the intervening unstressed syllables. No clear post-boundary lengthening effects were identified.

Index Terms. prosodic structure, pre- and post-boundary lengthening, Modern Greek

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Bibliographic reference.  Kainada, Evia (2010): "Boundary-related durations in modern Greek", In ExLing-2010, 68-72.