ExLing 2010 - Third Workshop on Experimental Linguistics

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2010

Perception of “Tonal Focus” in Greek

Olga Nikolaenkova

Phonetics Laboratory, University of Athens, Greece

The present paper reports on the way tonal correlates of focus impact its identification in Greek simple declaratives. The material was based on 4 utterances with different focus placement. Manipulation of the F0 contour and duration of the original utterances resulted in a list of 18 utterances, repeated 10 times each, and presented randomly to each of 10 informants. The informants were asked to indicate what part of each utterance bore focus. The results showed that: (1) F0 is the most reliable parameter for focus perception, especially the rate of tonal rise/fall, (2) duration expansion is not sufficient for focus perception, and (3) combining F0 and duration affects successful focus identification.

Index Terms. Greek, focus, tonal structure, tonal movement, perception

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Bibliographic reference.  Nikolaenkova, Olga (2010): "Perception of “tonal focus” in Greek", In ExLing-2010, 121-124.